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.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.