In what appears to be rapidly becoming a new trend, the Comptroller General disqualified former Zulia state governor Pablo Perez today from holding office for a period of 10 years. Perez has become the third opposition politician to be disqualified from politics this week, and the fourth this month. He joins Daniel Ceballos, Maria Corina Machado, Enzo Scarano.
The Comptroller alleges that Perez misused money given to his office by the Ministry of Health to pay for a school nutrition program.
Maria Corina Machado was quick to react to the news of Perez’s disqualification earlier today. Through Twitter, she expressed her “total support” for Perez, and said:
The regime will not succeed in subjugating us. We as a society have to rebel and act as the majority that we are.
Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles also reacted to the news by saying that he fully supports Perez.
Perez served as the governor of Zulia from 2008 to 2012.
Venezuela and Uruguay Renew, Expand Export Agreement
The President of Uruguay, Tabare Vazquez, signed and expanded trade agreement with Maduro during the Mercosur Summit in Brazilia today. The agreement, which will take effect in 2016, will see $1 billion worth of rice, soy, powdered milk, cheese and chicken imported into Venezuelan from her southern neighbour.
Vazquez apparently approached Maduro with the idea of expanding the trade agreement, and said that Maduro “received the proposal really well”.
The agreement will be a continuation of a current deal that is in effect until the end of the year. The current agreement is worth $300 million, and will see Venezuela receive 265,000 tonnes of food through 2015.
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