Venezuela's budget surplus in 2012 at USD 9.06 billion
The surplus is enough to cover additional credits in 2013
One of such sources is the budget surplus (USD 9.06 billion) of 2012, which are budget funds that were not executed.
In general terms, any surplus is deposited in different parallel funds administered by the Treasury Office. Funds are allocated based on the additional operations that may be necessary.
Since early January, the Executive Office began using such resources. Unlike other periods, early in 2013, the government increased expenditure and took on additional credits financed via parallel funds.
To date, the National Assembly has approved some USD 1.17 billion, and this figure may grow upon this week's additional operations.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.