Venezuela's vice-president bestowed economic decision-making capacity
The decree authorizes the executive vice-president to rule in the economic arena
In compliance with Official Gazette 40,077, issued on December 21, upon Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's consent, Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro is entitled to take actions in the economic arena.
As set out in decree 9,315, signed on December 9 and published in the gazette, Maduro may approve additional credits to the budget, with prior authorization from the National Assembly, and pass decrees for the transfer of funds from the budget to ministries. He is also authorized to approve operations for public loans.
The Venezuelan vice-president may also order expropriations or compulsory acquisition prior authorization from the president.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.