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Venezuela's U.N. envoy Ramirez says removed by Maduro

CARACAS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Venezuela's powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez said on Tuesday he had resigned from his job as U.N. envoy at the request of President Nicolas Maduro, in a growing spat between the political rivals.

"I have been removed for my opinions," Ramirez said on Twitter, where he posted a four-page letter confirming his resignation on Monday in New York. (Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Chizu Nomiyama)