Venezuela's military put in charge of key ports

Caracas (AFP) –


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro put his military in charge of key seaports, shifting even more power to the armed forces as he struggles under a dire economic and political crisis.

"Today, we are taking five fundamental ports of the country: Guanta, La Guaira, Puerto Cabello, Maracaibo and Guamache," Maduro said on state television on Tuesday, after meeting his defense minister.