Venezuelan leader ties the knot

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Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 6:03 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his longtime companion, former Attorney General Cilia Flores, have married in a civil ceremony.

Maduro made the announcement Tuesday on state TV during a meeting with allied governors.

The two wed in a ceremony presided over by the ruling socialists' Caracas mayor, Jorge Rodriguez. Maduro tweeted photos.

Maduro and Flores have been a couple for two decades, ever since the failed 1992 coup led by the late President Hugo Chavez. Chavez's longtime foreign minister and chosen successor, the 50-year-old Maduro was elected president on April 14.

Flores has three children, Maduro one, both from previous unions.

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