Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello attends an assembly inauguration in Caracas [Reuters: Chavismo da muestra de unidad con reelección de Diosdado]

REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello attends an assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chavez to head the National Assembly on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery. By choosing the incumbent, Cabello, the “Chavista”-dominated legislature cemented the combative ex-soldier’s position as the third most powerful figure in the government, after Chavez and Vice President Nicolas Maduro. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA – Tags: POLITICS)