Leroy N. Soetoro
2016-07-13 16:47:15 UTC
Venezuelas President Nicolás Maduro put the armed forces in charge of a
new food supply system aimed at alleviating crippling shortages, ceding
yet more power to a military apparatus that is already involved in
everything from banking to imports.
The head of the armed forces, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, will be
in charge of transporting and distributing basic products, controlling
prices and stimulating production, according to a decree published Tuesday
in the official gazette.
All the ministries, all the ministers, all the state institutions are at
the service and in absolute subordination to Mr. Padrinos so-called
Great Sovereign Supply Mission, Mr. Maduro said in a televised address
The elevation of Mr. Padrino makes him among the most powerful people in
the socialist government, reducing the influence of Vice President
Aristóbulo Istúriz, Industry Minister Miguel Pérez Abad and other
ministers who held various economic roles.
This is now a completely militarized government, said Luis Manuel
Esculpi, a security analyst in Caracas and former head of the armed forces
commission in the congress. The army is Maduros only source of
Since coming to power three years ago, Mr. Maduro has relied increasingly
on the armed forces as a spiraling economic crisis pushed his approval
ratings to record lows and food shortages led to lootings. Generals are
already in charge of state companies importing the bulk of Venezuelas
food; they run the countrys largest bank, a television station and a
state mining company.
The armed forces have swiftly repressed all opposition rallies as well as
the food riots that flare up daily across the country.
Maduro is giving the keys to Miraflores [presidential palace] over to a
military leader who is unable to confront the economic crisis, said
opposition deputy Julio Borges. What this means is more roadblocks, more
corruption and less production.
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