THE HEAD OF VENEZUELA'S LARGEST BUSINESS ASSOCIATION WAS NAMED LEADER ...

World | April 12, 2002, Friday // 00:00

The head of Venezuela's largest business association was named leader of an interim government Friday, following the resignation of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. The new leader, Pedro Carmona Estanga, is the president of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He was one of the most visible leaders of the opposition movement. The armed forces demanded Chavez's resignation Thursday after a day of violent demonstrations in which 12 people were killed and dozens more were wounded, according to local television reports. Chavez has been detained at the army's general headquarters in Caracas, the nation's capital. Members of the government -- including Chavez -- are expected to be investigated for their roles in the deaths.

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