Maduro picks central bank chief for Venezuela's finance minister


The governor of the Venezuelan central bank was today handed the finance ministry by the country's newly elected president, Nicolás Maduro.

Nelson Merentes will remain governor of the Central Bank of Venezuela for now, according to a central bank spokesperson. He is also vice-president for the economy, a fusion of two pre-existing roles: vice-president for the financial economy, and vice-president for the productive economy.

Merentes served as finance minister for two stints under Chávez, from 2

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