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.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.