CARACAS, Wednesday August 27, 2014 | Update

President Maduro: "I do not obey advisors"

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stressed that he would not be "blackmailed by anybody" to turn his administration into a social democracy

"Criticism and anti-Chavezism are in vogue now," Maduro stated (AVN)
Wednesday August 27, 2014  12:06 PM
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro remarked on Tuesday at an event of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in Caracas that he did not obey advisors, nor paid attention to surveys. "There are marketing experts who (have told me): 'there are things that cannot be, Maduro (...) You are ranking low on polls; you are coming up.' I do not pay attention to polls, I have a plan, and I am committed to that plan," Maduro noted.

The Venezuelan president remembered that the PSUV has never been and will never be "a social democratic party, nor of the center. We are on the left of the heart of the revolution and of history."

Maduro also referred to criticisms he has been subject to from members of his own party. "Criticism and anti-Chavezism are in vogue now (...) If you do not criticize, you are not cool... Let us not get caught in the trap of that fashion," he asked PSUV members. "Criticism should be constructive, rather than undermining or dividing," he added.
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