|Cilia Flores in 2009|
|First Lady of Venezuela|
19 April 2013
|Preceded by||Marisabel Rodríguez de Chávez|
|Attorney General of Venezuela|
25 January 2012 – 11 March 2013
|Preceded by||Carlos Escarrá|
|Succeeded by||Manuel Enrique Galindo Ballestero|
|Speaker of the Assembly|
15 August 2006 – 5 January 2011
|Preceded by||Nicolás Maduro|
|Succeeded by||Fernando Soto Rojas|
1 January 1953
Tinaquillo, Cojedes, Venezuela
|Political party||United Socialist Party of Venezuela 2007-|
A member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Flores replaced her husband Maduro as Speaker of the Assembly in August 2006, when he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs; she was the first woman to serve as president of the National Assembly (2006–2011). As the lead attorney for Chávez's defense team, she was instrumental in securing Chávez's release from prison in 1994 after his unsuccessful coup in 1992. On 10 January 2007, Flores swore Chávez into office following the 2006 presidential election. Upon Maduro's tight victory in the 2013 presidential election over Henrique Capriles, Cilia Flores became Venezuela's First Lady, a position that had long been vacant.
The opposition has accused Cilia Flores on several occasions of nepotism. The opposition claimed that several of her close relatives became employees of the National Assembly when she became elected deputy.
- "Cilia Flores Maduro Bio". Daily Entertainment News. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
- Cawthorne, Andrew; Mario Naranjo (9 December 2012). "Who is Nicolas Maduro, Possible Successor to Hugo Chávez?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Clan Flores fuera de la AN
- "Es falso que tenga muchos familiares en la Asamblea" 30 May 2008.
Marisabel Rodríguez de Chávez
|First Lady of Venezuela
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