Nicolás Maduro’s regime announced the change of seven cabinet ministers so that they can participate in the regional elections in November and thus strengthen its power before the candidates of Diosdado Cabello and the opposition in Venezuela.
The Venezuelan Ambassador to China, Félix Plascencia, was appointed the new Foreign Minister of Caracas to replace Jorge Arreaza which will go to the Ministry of Industry and National Production. Mervin Maldonado was also appointed as the new vice president of the government for Social and Territorial Socialism.
Arreaza was appointed chancellor in 2017 and has been in office for more than 4 years. He was previously married to Rosa Virginia Chávez, the eldest daughter of the late President Hugo Chávez.
Admiral Carmen Meléndez will pass from the Ministry of Interior Relations and Justice to be a candidate to the Mayor of Libertador de Caracas, and in his place General Remigio Ceballos Ichaso was appointed.
An advertisement for the PSUV with the image of the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. Photo EFE
William Serantes Pinto was also appointed as Minister of Mining and Ecological Development, and the governor of Monagas Yelitza Santaella she was appointed Minister of Education.
“I appointed Mr. Félix Plasencia as the new Chancellor of the Republic. He has the immense responsibility to continue the excellent diplomatic work carried out by Jorge Arreaza. Increasingly, let us make our peace diplomacy triumph in the world, “Maduro said on Twitter.
Regarding the appointment of Admiral Carmen Meléndez and Professor Eduardo Piñate, he said that “they assume the commitment to go to the catacombs, to build the government plans necessary to attend to the most felt needs from town. Let’s consolidate the great victory in the elections on November 21 ”.
Between Maduro and Diosdado Cabello there have always been frictions and rivalry. As the first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Cabello, surprised the Chavista militancy by changing the rules of the primaries that took place last week because his results did not favor his candidates.
About nine candidates from the 23 governorates who had won in the primaries were replaced by others of the preference of Cabello. Also more than 100 candidates of the 335 candidates for mayor.
President Nicolás Maduro. Photo EFE
Hair’s “finger” It has outraged most of the Chavista activists because it has not respected the results of the winners and has imposed on its favorites that they have not even participated in the internal elections.
Maduro knows of the indignation and discontent that exists in the Chavista ranks, which could reduce the voting of its voters in the regional ones. That is why the ministerial changes seek to reinforce the power of his loyalists without facilitating the nominations of his rival Cabello.
The regime also faces the possibility that opposition candidates from Juan Guaidó’s Unitary Platform may decide to participate in the elections at the last minute. If so, the profits of the Chavista candidates would also diminish.
Even though Guaidó has not announced if he is going to enter the regional competition, there is a lot of movement on the part of individual initiatives of the opposition that will settle the unitary candidacies by primaries or consensus. If the decisions are made, the opposition candidates they are favorites with more than 60% of votes according to the polls.
With the new ministers, Maduro has wanted to deal more fully with the economic and social reactivation due to the terrible crisis that the country is experiencing that last year registered a drop of more than 35% in GDP and an inflation of 5,500%. More than 90% of the population is mired in poverty. And Maduro himself registers an unpopularity of 87% according to the polls.