Cilia Flores

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Cilia Flores
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Cilia Flores in 2009
First Lady of Venezuela
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 April 2013
Preceded by Marisabel Rodríguez de Chávez
Attorney General of Venezuela
In office
25 January 2012 – 11 March 2013
President Hugo Chávez
Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Carlos Escarrá
Succeeded by Manuel Enrique Galindo Ballestero
Speaker of the Assembly
In office
15 August 2006 – 5 January 2011
President Hugo Chávez
Preceded by Nicolás Maduro
Succeeded by Fernando Soto Rojas
Personal details
Born Cilia Flores
(1953-01-01) 1 January 1953 (age 61)
Tinaquillo, Cojedes, Venezuela
Political party United Socialist Party of Venezuela 2007-
Spouse(s) Nicolás Maduro
Profession lawyer
Religion Catholic

Cilia Flores (born in Tinaquillo, Cojedes, in January 1, 1953) is a lawyer and politician who currently serves as First Lady of Venezuela.[1] She is married to Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela.

Political career[edit]

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.[2] On 10 January 2007, Flores swore Chávez into office following the 2006 presidential election.[3] 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.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Cilia Flores Maduro Bio". Daily Entertainment News. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Cawthorne, Andrew; Mario Naranjo (9 December 2012). "Who is Nicolas Maduro, Possible Successor to Hugo Chávez?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Clan Flores fuera de la AN
  5. ^ "Es falso que tenga muchos familiares en la Asamblea" 30 May 2008.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Marisabel Rodríguez de Chávez
First Lady of Venezuela
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent