Chavez Reappoints Ambassador to US

Venezuelan president looks to better relationship with Obama
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2009 4:30 AM CDT
President Barack Obama looks at the book given to him by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during the Summit of the Americas on Saturday, April 18, 2009 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has reappointed an ambassador to the US, reports the Wall Street Journal. Pending approval from Washington, the post will be the first exchange of diplomats between the two countries since Venezuela ejected its American ambassador last year in solidarity with Bolivia. The move is yet another signal from Chavez that he hopes to smooth Bush-era tensions with the US.