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Cilia Flores

Cilia Flores (born in Caracas in 1953) is a Venezuelan politician and lawyer. Actually she acts as deputy of the National Assembly for the Cardinal District and she is President of the same since 2006. She is a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

Flores is a Santa Maria University of Caracas graduate and a specialist in Criminal and Labour Law. After the unsuccessful coup d'etat of 1992, Flores devoted herself to defend the military men involved in insurrectional movements and coup d'etat. In 1993 she founded the Human Rights Circle Bolivariano and joined the Movimiento Bolivariano Revolucionario - 200 (MBR-200) which was known as a leftist grouping founded in 1992. She was a member of the legal counsel team that worked toward obtaining the presidential pardon for Hugo Chavez from President Rafael Caldera; Chavez would be free in 1994.

In 1997, as the MBR-200 was not legal, she helped found the Movement V Republica (MVR), a political party that supported Hugo Chavez as a presidential candidate for the parliamentary elections of 1998, in which Chavez triumphed. In the parliamentary elections of 2000, Cilia Flores obtained a seat in the National Assembly and then was reelected in 2005 for a second time. The President of the Assembly played an important role supporting President Hugo Chavez during the 1990-1992 years specially when President Chavez was forced out of office for a few hours.

She is married to the Secretary of State of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, who presided the parliament during the legislature 2005-2006. After the exit of Maduro as President of the National Assembly in August, 2006 to become Minister of Foreign Affairs, Flores was elected President of the National Assembly during an internal parliamentary vote. She is the first Venezuelan woman in reaching this post. [1]

As President of the National Assembly, Flores has been criticized for supporting the populist government of Hugo Chavez. In 2007, as the MVR was folded, she became a member of the newly created PSUV party.

On 10 January 2007, Flores swore President Hugo Chavez into office.

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