A National Bolivarian Armed Forces transport airplane was the first to land with humanitarian aid in Ecuador last night, after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook the country and killed hundreds.
The airplane landed in the city of Manta, which is close to the hardest-hit areas of the country.
Maduro voiced his unwavering support for the people of Ecuador shortly after news of the earthquake began to spread yesterday. Through his Twitter account, Maduro vowed that Venezuela was “ready to activate whatever support is needed”.
Survey: 11.1% Say Maduro Can Solve Crisis
A survey by the Hercon Consultores firm released today found that only 11.1% of Venezuelans believe that Maduro will be able to solve the country’s problems, while 83% of respondents have no faith in his administration.
The same survey found that 82.3% of Venezuelans have a negative view of the Maduro administration, and 78% said that they believed the economic situation in the country would improve if Maduro were not President.
In general, the survey found that eight in ten Venezuelans blame the Maduro government for the crisis in the country, and that seven in ten Venezuelans agree that Maduro must be forced out of office through constitutional means.
Some other notable findings of the survey are:
- When asked, “Do you think that things will improve over the next three months?”, 90.5% said “No”.
- When asked, “Who do you think is responsible for the economic crisis: The Nicolas Maduro government, or the opposition-led economic war?”, 81.5% said “the Nicolas Maduro government”, while only 12.2% said “the opposition-led economic war”.
- When asked, “Do you agree or disagree [with the idea that] Venezuelans should find a constitutional means by which to end Nicolas Maduro’s term?”, 70.1% said “agree” while 22.1% said “disagree”.
The survey was conducted between April 1 and April 10 and sampled 1,200 individuals. It is accurate within 4.85%.
VP: Chavez Was Murdered
Speaking at an event in the El Calvario neighbourhood of Caracas earlier today, Vice-President Aristobulo Isturiz said that he was certain that Chavez was murdered. Isturiz also said that he had no evidence to back up his claim, and he provided no theories as to who the culprit(s) might be.
During his speech, Isturiz wondered why some socialist leaders have been diagnosed with cancer throughout history, and said:
They think that by murdering Chavez they could end the revolution, but the suffering people elected Maduro.
Chavez died on March 5, 2013 after a two-year battle with cancer.
During the same speech, Isturiz said that it was necessary to “define who supports the revolution and who is an enemy of the people”, and that he was sure that the people of Venezuela would eventually defeat “bourgeois capitalism”.
MUD Deputy: Food Inflation Over Three Years Tops 1,259%
MUD National Assembly deputy Elias Matta said today that a private investigation into the country’s inflation numbers has revealed that while the overall inflation rate over the past three year sits at 585%, the inflation rate for food products is a staggering 1,259%.
Matta, who is an economist and the president of the Un Nuevo Tiempo opposition party, also highlighted inflation rates over the past three years for other basic necessities:
- Healthcare: 243%
- Transportation: 422%
- Clothing: 408%
- Alcohol and tobacco: 1,020%
Matta argued that the spiraling collapse of the Venezuelan economy is “reason enough for the Venezuelan people to want to recall Maduro”.
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