Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela President Increases Minimum Wage

Venezuela President Increases Minimum Wage

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Friday raised minimum wage for the second time in this year. The move has been especially taken to help workers being battered by the world's highest inflation.

Maduro while speaking at a May Day rally said that he is increasing the minimum wage and pensions for retirees by 30%.

He also announced that two-third of the increase will be coming in this month itself and the rest of the increase in wage will be coming on July 1.

The socialist leader also told that he would raise salaries for government employees and military personnel as well.

Venezuela's Maduro to launch social media accounts ahead of poll

Venezuela's Maduro to launch social media accounts ahead of pollCaracas, March 18 : Venezuela's acting president Nicolas Maduro will launch social media accounts to communicate actively with his supporters ahead of the forthcoming presidential elections.

Maduro is running as the main candidate from the ruling party.

"Now we are holding a meeting on the launch of a digital system (of communication) for Nicolas Maduro from Sunday," Maduro's election adviser Andres Izarra wrote in his Twitter microblog.

Very difficult to preserve Chavez's body: Maduro

Nicolas-MaduroCaracas, March 14 : Venezuela's Acting President Nicolas Maduro has admitted that it would be "very difficult" to embalm the body of late president Hugo Chavez due to technical reasons.

Maduro said scientists from Russia and Germany had arrived in the country for the embalming process, but the preservation was expected "to be quite difficult" because technical preparations should have started earlier, reported Xinhua.

Chavez's body has been kept in the chapel of Military Academy for a week, following the official announcement of his death March 5.

`Chavez moving into new phase of recovery'

`Chavez moving into new phase of recovery'Caracas, Jan 21: Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro has said that President Hugo Chavez, who is recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba, is coming out of the postoperative period and "is going to enter a new phase of treatment that is in the process of evaluation" after going through a "difficult" period.

Maduro Sunday said that Chavez is conscious and "continues stabilizing in every way, the functioning of his organs, in all his fundamental qualities".

Chavez aware of complex condition: Venezuelan VP

/Nicolas-MaduroCaracas, Jan 1 : Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is fully aware of the complexity of his condition three weeks after cancer surgery in Cuba, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday.

Chavez, who has been fighting an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer since June 2011, was "totally conscious of the complexity of his post-operative condition" and faced the illness with courage and dignity, Maduro said in a televised interview in Cuba.

"Sometimes he has had light improvements, sometimes stationary situations," Maduro said in the interview broadcast by the Caracas-based television network Telesur.

Venezuelan foreign minister says Negroponte has "criminal record"

Venezuelan foreign minister says Negroponte has "criminal record"Medellin, Colombia  - Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro attacked US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte on Tuesday, calling him a "petty official with a criminal record."

At the annual meeting of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Colombian city of Medellin, Maduro accused Negroponte of being "responsible for disappearances, for tortures and for deaths in Central America and in several parts of the world."

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