Rafael Ramírez, Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations since 2014 and former head of Petróleos de Venezuela, resigned his post amid a series of arrests in the oil giant he used to head, he said in a tweet.
was a very difficult decision to make, "he wrote in attached photographs of a letter addressed to Jorge Arreaza, Venezuela's Minister of Foreign Affairs, and dated yesterday." However, after the president's decision, I had no other choice. "
An official of the Venezuelan Ministry of Information refused to comment on whether Ramírez's resignation was related to the government's recent arrests." Agencia Estatal de Noticias AVN reported that Samuel Moncada was named as the new ambassador of The UN in the country
President Nicolás Maduro initiated a deep purge in PDVSA, with more than 65 company officials and their joint ventures in custody so far, Maduro and Ramírez have been intense rivals for years, and the The vast majority of the executives imprisoned by their forces consider themselves disciples or allies of the latter.The meaning of the Venezuelan observers is that after Successful to the political opposition, Maduro turns his attention to his enemies within Chavez as he prepares to run for re-election next year.
"I have a name and a career that has permanent public scrutiny and dominance, I will not tolerate disrespect, attacking me personally affects the unity of the revolutionary forces and the legacy of Chávez," Ramírez wrote in the letter.
Ramírez, 54, rose to power as Minister of Petroleum in 2002, during the regime of Hugo Chávez. Two years later, he also took the lead in PDVSA and held it for a decade, breaking a long separation between the country's Ministry of Energy and the company he was to oversee.
Last month, Venezuelan prosecutor Tarek William Saab arrested the interim president of Citgo, PDVSA's US refining arm, and promised to put more executives in jail. The company also asked employees last month to cut costs by half in an austerity campaign that reflects the economic crisis affecting the OPEC nation.
At a press conference today, Saab said that Ramírez's cousin, Diego Salazar, participated in a scheme that laundered some 1,300 million euros between 2011 and 2012 with at least another 40 people through dozens of companies screen were part of the so-called case of Andorra.
Ramirez was behind the slogan of the "red, red" brand, first used during a speech in the PDVSA auditorium more than a decade ago. It was adopted by Chávez and his followers, who commonly wore red uniforms and berets to reflect their loyalty to the socialist government. Chavez once suggested that the phrase should win the Nobel Prize in advertising, if such a category existed.
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After Chávez's death in 2013, Ramírez rose to a new position as the economic czar of Venezuela, while simultaneously clinging to his two other titles. Under Maduro, he tried to enact a series of reforms such as the unification of the country's multilevel exchange rates and the reduction of generous subsidies, but he faced strong resistance in the ranks of the socialist party and was transferred to his current UN post. in 2014.
those who say that these people are detained because of an internal fight, an internal struggle for what? "Saab said today." What is here is a frontal assault again on those who use state funds, either directly or indirectly, that have caused damage to the national economy. "
– With assistance from Andrew Rosati and Fabiola Zerpa