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.
They are marching in step to the same tune. There is a coordinated effort to position the idea. The Twitter hashtag #YoSoyVictimaDeLaGuarimba (I'm a victim of "guarimbas", or protest barricades) can be read on all pro-government Twitter accounts, including those of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the National Assembly's Press Office, the state-run food distribution network PDVAL, state airline Conviasa, the Venezuelan embassies in foreign countries, radio stations and the huge media network responsive to the Government's interests and messages.