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Factbox: The political life of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to emerge from the shadow of his flamboyant predecessor Hugo Chavez at the helm of the South American OPEC nation. Here are some facts about Maduro: The burly, mustachioed Maduro, 50, is a former union leader and Caracas bus driver. He does not have a university degree and proudly calls himself Venezuela's first "worker president."

Venezuelan president weds long-time partner

Caracas, Jul 16 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Tuesday that he and long-time partner Cilia Flores were married in a private ceremony presided over by Caracas Mayor Jorge Rodriguez. "I want to report that yesterday, July 15, Cilia and I legalized what already existed according to the laws of the Republic - we got married," said Maduro at an official event broadcast on state television.

Profile: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Position: President of Venezuela Incumbent: Nicolas Maduro Date of Birth: November 23, 1962 Term: He became acting president on March 8, 2013, three days after the death of President Hugo Chavez from cancer. Maduro, the ruling Socialist Party's candidate, won the resulting April 14 presidential election and was sworn in five days later. Key Facts:

Maduro: Chavez heir inheriting divided Venezuela

Venezuela's newly elected President Nicolas Maduro was by Hugo Chavez's side for two decades -- from his first electoral triumph in 1998 to his last breath when he died of cancer last month. Now the one-time bus driver turned union activist and foreign minister who called himself Chavez's "son" and "apostle" has a new title: successor, after being declared the winner of Sunday's election by the narrowest of margins.

Maduro: Chavez heir inheriting divided Venezuela

Venezuela's newly elected President Nicolas Maduro was by Hugo Chavez's side for two decades -- from his first electoral triumph in 1998 to his last breath when he died of cancer last month. Now the one-time bus driver turned union activist and foreign minister who called himself Chavez's "son" and "apostle" has a new title: successor, after being declared the winner of Sunday's election by the narrowest of margins.

NEWSMAKER-Venezuela's Maduro: from bus driver to Chavez's successor

* Chavez named Maduro as heir apparent in December * He has continued former boss' tough line on opponents * Mocked by opposition as a bad Chavez imitator By Daniel Wallis CARACAS, March 11 (Reuters) - Former bus driver and union leader Nicolas Maduro followed a simple strategy when he began filling in for cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez last year: copy his boss's policies, style and radical rhetoric.

Venezuela holds Chavez mass in new hospital chapel

Venezuelan officials held a mass for President Hugo Chavez late Friday in a new "hope" chapel within his military hospital complex, praying for the leftist leader to recover from cancer. After rejecting rumors about Chavez's health earlier in the day, Vice President Nicolas Maduro and his wife, Attorney General Cilia Flores, were among several senior aides attending the ceremony in the outdoor brick chapel.
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