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Diosdado Cabello Rondon is a Venezuelan politician. A former member of the armed forces, he was involved in Hugo Chavez's February 1992 Venezuelan coup d'etat attempt. He became a leading member of Chavez's Movimiento V Republica (MVR), and remains a leading member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela into which MVR was merged in 2007. He is currently the Public Works & Housing Minister.
On April 13, 2002, he took on the duties of the presidency on a temporary basis, replacing Pedro Carmona, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce, as interim president after the coup d'etat when Chavez was kept prisoner and was consequently absent from office. Upon taking office, Cabello said that "I, Diosdado Cabello, am assuming the presidency until such time as the president of the republic, Hugo Chavez Frias, appears." A few hours later, Chavez was back in office. This made Cabello's presidency the world's second briefest, after that of Mexican President Pedro Lascurain.
On April 28, 2002, Cabello was replaced as Vice President by Jose Vicente Rangel. He was named interior minister in May 2002, and then infrastructure minister in January 2003.
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