Henry Rangel Silva, Accused Drug Kingpin, Hugo Chavez's Pick For General-In-Chief

11/12/2010 05:14 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Daniel Cancel Bloomberg

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez promoted a general criticized for vowing not to cooperate with opposition leaders should they take power after 2012 elections, raising tensions in the run-up toward the vote.

Henry Rangel Silva will take over as General-in-Chief, Chavez said last night on state television. The military won't tolerate an opposition government because it would try to "sell" the country, the general said in a Nov. 8 interview published in Ultimas Noticias.

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