Published On: Mon, Mar 18th, 2019

Venezuelan Leader Demands Resignation Of His Ministers

Nicolás Maduro wants to rebuild his cabinet to better protect his country from “any threat”.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Caracas. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is planning a reorganization of his cabinet. Maduro has demanded that all ministers give up their posts for a “profound restructuring” of the government of the South American state, wrote his deputy Delcy Rodríguez on Sunday on Twitter. So the country should be protected from any threat.

What exactly the changes in the cabinet will look like and whether the more than 30 ministers will actually submit their resignations remained unclear at first. Most recently, in June last year, shortly after his controversial re-election as President Maduro changed the cast of some posts and created new ministries, with no major changes. Maduro’s request to the Cabinet is now in the midst of a severe political crisis and a massive power outage that plunged the state further into chaos and paralyzed for days. Since the end of January in Venezuela, the power struggle raging between Maduro and the self-appointed interim president Juan Guaidó.

Guaidó visited the state of Vargas on Sunday. The people must organize to depose Maduro, wrote the opposition leader on Twitter. Supporters of Guaidó held demonstrations in several cities over the weekend. The 35-year-old leader of the disempowered Venezuelan parliament called for “Operation Libertad” and the organization of citizens in committees. Guaidó plans to march on the presidential palace in Caracas to bring movement in the deadlocked power struggle with Maduro. He did not name a date for this.

Guaidó declared himself interim president of the country with the world’s largest oil reserves on January 23. He denounced President Maduro’s legitimacy because his re-election last year did not meet democratic standards. Many opponents of the government were not allowed to run at that time, the largest opposition alliance boycotted the election because of unfair conditions. Although many countries have already recognized Guaidó as the rightful transitional president, in Venezuela he has yet to assert himself. Above all, the powerful military continues to hold Maduro.

For the recent collapse of energy supply, the leftist-nationalist Maduro blamed a cyber attack allegedly planned by the opposition and the US. Government opponents, on the other hand, see the reason for the delay in investments, corruption and poor maintenance of the facilities.

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