Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a restructuring of his cabinet of ministers this Thursday (19). In all, six ministers will be reallocated in their functions for different aspects. The announcement takes place right after the installation of the national dialogue table. Negotiations between government and opposition will begin on September 3 in Mexico City, with mediation by Mexican and Norwegian representatives.
Some of the changes are also linked to the November 21 regional elections. The current Interior Minister, Admiral Carmen Meléndez, and the current Minister of Education, Eduardo Piñate, will be discharged from the post for the election campaign. Meléndez is the candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Psuv) for the mayor of Caracas, while Piñate will run for the government of the Apure state, which borders Colombia.
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Yelitze Santaella, governor of Monagas state and member of the national board of the Psuv, is the new minister of education, being the third to assume the post in less than five months.
While Admiral Remigio Ceballos leaves the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (Ceofanb) to head the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Peace.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be headed by the current ambassador to China, Félix Plasencia, who took office in October 2020, and before that he was Minister of Tourism. “I receive this new responsibility with great commitment and pride.” declared.
While Jorge Arreaza, who occupied the post of chancellor, is now managing the Ministry of Industry and National Production. Arreaza thanked his team and the new presidential nomination. “Now we will have an immense challenge: to contribute to the productive recovery of the country, despite the blockade and the difficulties. Always supporting us in the created powers of the people”, published.
Al Comrade Jorge Arreaza, appointed him as Minister of Industry and National Production. With its work capacity, intelligence and commitment, we will advance with greater strength in the dynamization of the productive forces of the Patria. Producer all in Venezuela, ¡Esa es la Meta!
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) August 19, 2021
The Ministry of Women and Gender Equality will be headed by the governor of Cojedes state, Margaud Godoy. “Soon there will be new tasks at the service of the country and the Venezuelan people,” Maduro assured former minister Carolys Pérez.
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The current Minister of Sports, Mervin Maldonado, takes over as Vice President for Social and Territorial Socialism. “His mission is to achieve maximum happiness and well-being for the Venezuelan people,” said the Venezuelan president.
Maduro also announced changes in the Ministry of Ecological Mining Development, which will be with Admiral William Serantes Pinto.
Edition: Thales Schmidt