Photo: Nicolas Maduro
President Nicolas Maduro announced a major restructuring of his Cabinet that will see the man who has run state oil giant PDVSA for more than a decade become Venezuela’s top diplomat.
“These, then, are a set of adjustments, exceedingly necessary changes to give the proper dimension to the tasks of this historic moment,” the head of state said in a nationally broadcast address.
The shakeup is meant to lay the basis for “five revolutions” in the realms of economics, knowledge, social programs, state policy and “territorial socialism,” Maduro said.
Rafael Ramirez, long-time PDVSA chief, minister of Petroleum and Mining and vice president for economic affairs, is to become foreign minister.
Economy and Finance Minister Marcos Torres will assume the vice-presidential post. Asdrubal Chavez, cousin of late President Hugo Chavez, will succeed Ramirez at the ministry, while PDVSA head of exploration Eulogio del Pino gets a promotion to company president.
Erstwhile foreign minister Elias Jaua is now minister of Communes and Social Movements and vice president for Development of Domestic Socialism.
Ricardo Melendez will remain as vice president for Planning and Knowledge, Maduro said, while Dante Rivas is leaving the position of trade minister to head a new agency dedicated to cutting red tape.