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With New “Superpowers” Maduro Elevates El Aissami to Second in Command

Nicolás Maduro recently granted the new vice president of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, new and broad powers through presidential decrees, which has prompted speculation about possible succession plans.

According to Bloomberg international news, El Aissami has the power both to determine ministerial budgets and to expropriate private companies as he sees fit.

Likewise, El Aissami, of Syrian origin, and recently appointed to his post, is authorized to issue economic orders on matters ranging from taxes to foreign currency to hiring practices to state-owned enterprises.

This information was published in the Official Gazette on January 26 but was not distributed until January 30.

The new powers surpass those that have historically been granted to the vice president of Venezuela and could entail something approaching a new level of power sharing.


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New Venezuelan VP’s alleged ties with Hezbollah, radicalism raise concerns

Tareck El Aissami, one of the most powerful men in Venezuela, just acquired more power. Last week the self-proclaimed “radically Chavista” became the country’s second in command after President Nicolas Maduro appointed him as vice president.

The son of a Lebanese mother and a Syrian father, the 42-year-old El Aissami is also one of the most obscure figures in government circles — he is suspected of having ties to the Islamist militant group Hezbollah and is reportedly being investigated by U.S. prosecutors for possible involvement in drug trafficking.