Maduro regime appoints his powerful ally and one of the sanctioned by the U.S. as a drug trafficker, Tareck El Aissami as the new minister of oil in Venezuela during a crisis of gasoline shortages.
The governor Maduro made the announcement this Monday, April 27th, on state television in which also named a cousin of the former leader Hugo Chavez, Asdrubal Chávez as the new president of state-run oil PDVSA.
El Aissami is a popular and powerful man in the chavism. During 2012-2017 he was Aragua state governor. After that, he has occupied several strategic functions in Venezuela as economy vice president and minister of industry.
But El Aissami is also one of the ten most-wanted fugitives by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by his links to drug trafficking. He is accusing of allows and supervise the shipment of drugs from Venezuela to Mexico and The United States.
This designation happens amid a deep crisis in Venezuela due to the gasoline shortages in every state of the country with long-lines in gas stations lasting days.
Chavez’s cousin in PDVSA
Asdrubal Chavez, a cousin from former socialist president Hugo Chavez, is the new frontman of the state oil company PDVSA, in a critical moment from low crude prices and the falling production. Several deputies, politicians, and former managers from the oil industry in Venezuela assured PDVSA is broke.