Newly-named Vice-President Aristobulo Isturiz made some comments to the press following the first meeting of Maduro’s new cabinet. Isturiz said that the government “would not rest” until people regained confidence in the Bolivarian revolution, and called on Venezuelans to paint or put up pictures of Chavez and Bolivar in their neighbourhoods to protest the National Assembly’s removal of the leaders’ images from its grounds.
Maduro: Removal of Pictures “Worst Insult” Against Bolivar Ever
Speaking from an event before members of the National Armed Forces last night, Maduro continued his condemnation of the removal of Chavez’s and Bolivar’s paintings from the National Assembly, calling the act “the great insult committed in the last 200 years against Bolivar’s memory”.
Maduro said that if the new National Assembly got its way, it would disband the armed forces, and that:
We screamed that they would never come back, and they came back worse!
The head of the Mesa de la Unidad Democratica, Jesus Torrealba, fired back at Maduro’s fixation on the removal of the pictures, saying:
The war over the pictures is as made up as the economic war.
Chavez Passed Law Banning Displaying his Likeness in Public Buildings
Seemingly unbeknownst to Maduro, Chavez himself passed a law in 2010 banning the use of his image in public buildings such as the National Assembly. The law was published in the Gaceta Oficial No. 39.556 dated November 19, 2010.
Allup: Isturiz Moved “to Fail In Another Place”
National Assembly President Henry Ramos Allup had harsh word’s for Maduro’s new cabinet and Isturiz in particular. Allup told TeleCaribe that Venezuelans will not see solutions to the country’s political and economic problems “as long as that government is there”.
On Isturiz specifically, Allup said:
Look at the naming of the cabinet. What did they do? They named Aristobulo vice-president, and that was their first mistake: putting a useless person who has failed in one place in another place.
Venezuelan Crude Hits Lowest Point in 11 Years
The price of Venezuelan crude oil fell to $27.87 per barrel today, its lowest level in 11 years.
The Ministry of Oil and Mining released a statement along with the figure, saying:
Crude prices ended the week lower mainly because of economic concerns out of China and an excess of offers on the market.
The average price of Venezuelan oil for 2015 was $44.65 per barrel and $88.42 per barrel in 2014.
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