Venezuelan Parliament passes reform of law on oil windfall revenues
Under the law adopted by the legislature, a higher amount of US dollars will have to be delivered to the central bank via oil-related royalties and taxes
The bill, introduced by deputies of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) on Tuesday, provides for the redistribution of the tax aliquot and an increase in the delivery of US dollars to the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV).
The approved reform also empowers the Executive Office to approve exemptions on certain new production and secondary recovery oil projects.
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.