Diosdado Cabello Rondón (born April 15, 1963) is a Venezuelan politician. A former member of the armed forces, he was involved in Hugo Chávez's February 1992 Venezuelan coup d'état attempt. He became a leading member of Chavez's Movimiento V República (MVR), and remains a leading member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela into which MVR was merged in 2007. Governor of Miranda from 2004 to 2008,he lost the 2008 election to Henrique Capriles Radonski, and was subsequently appointed Public Works & Housing Minister. In November 2009 he was additionally appointed head of the National Commission of Telecom, a position traditionally independent from Ministry of Public Works and Housing. In 2010, he was elected a member of parliament by his home state of Monagas. In 2011, President Hugo Chavez named him Vice-President of Venezuela's ruling party, PSUV. In 2012, he was elected and sworn in as President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, the country's parliament.
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2008 Results Source CNE data Candidates Votes % Henrique Capriles Radonski 583.795 53,11% Diosdado Cabello 506.753 46,10% Following Chávez's 1998 ... Upon taking office, Cabello said that "I, Diosdado Cabello, am assuming the presidency until such time as the president of the republic, Hugo Chávez Frías, appears." A few hours later, Chávez was back in office ... This made Cabello's presidency the world's second briefest, after that of Mexican President Pedro Lascuráin ...