Chavez appoints new military intelligence chief

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Posted: Dec 24, 2011 4:03 PM
Chavez appoints new military intelligence chief

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has replaced his military intelligence chief.

Chavez says he is appointing Gen. Wilfredo Figueroa Chacin as the new chief of the country's military intelligence agency.

The new appointee replaces Gen. Hugo Carvajal, one of the president's most trusted security chiefs.

Carvajal was one of three close Chavez allies who in 2008 were accused by the U.S. Treasury Department of helping Colombian rebels by supplying arms and aiding drug-trafficking operations.

Chavez has denied those accusations.

The president announced the change during a speech Saturday. He did not say why he made it or what plans he has for Carvajal.