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Maduro Elected Venezuela's Ruling Party Chief
   2014-07-27 16:55:40    Xinhua      Web Editor: Wang

The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) on Saturday appointed Nicolas Maduro as head of the party after the death of its founder Hugo Chavez last year.

Some 537 delegates attended the 3rd Congress of the PSUV, a week after being elected by a portion of the 7.6 million party members.

In his inaugural address, Maduro called for a free and constructive discussion, creative and united action among the militants along with loyalty and discipline to his government.

"This revolution was born thanks to Chavez's fueling self-criticism, the freedom of our people and this is the party of truth and criticism," said the Venezuelan president.

Maduro stressed that the revolutionary movement faced a challenge to become a new model of political party.

Important steps have been taken in this direction, "but there's much yet to do to fully crystallize this new model," he added.

He also noted that the Congress should mark a milestone in the political revolutionary struggles and the PSUV and its leaders should be prepared for the historic moment.

Maduro admitted that not everything was perfect in the party, but there was a critical and creative force to "correct what needs to be corrected."

At another point in his speech, the Venezuelan president proposed discussions with delegates on what he considered essential for the development of socialism in the nation and for better internal work of the ruling party.

Maduro recalled the work promoted by the late president and founder of the PSUV, Chavez, who "taught the people the need to continue the fight begun by Simon Bolivar."

The PSUV was created in early 2008, replacing the Fifth Republic Movement that led to the presidency of the late socialist leader in 1999. Since then, Chavez won every election in which he participated and the party showed an unbreakable unity.

The charismatic leader was able to hold together the ruling party's competing factions, from Marxist ideologues to military officers and pragmatic businessmen.

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