Excerpts of column "Runrunes" (Rumors) released on Thursday, November 08
Chavezism seems to be unaware of its inner crisis, impossible to be skipped no matter the effort
THE PROCESSION. While Chavezsim points to winds of division in the ranks of the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD), and even sends emissaries with stuffed saddlebags to buy some conscience or frame concomitant nominations, it seems to be unaware of its inner crisis, impossible to be skipped no matter the effort. The walls of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) exude the strife that the caudillo seems to ignore, tired of listening time after time to the complaints of the bunch of red, very red gangs. The triad composed of Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro, former Minister of the Interior and Justice Tareck el Aissami and ex Executive Vice-President Elías Jaua used to play alone with the Bolivarian bourgeois and billionaire chief of state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), Rafael Ramírez as the only rival. Now, they resolved to approach Ramírez in order to join efforts and face the military officers close to President Hugo Chávez. The initial target of the quartet is Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello, in an attempt at curbing his progress and preventing him from moving up the power ladder. They are certain that the original caudillo "will throw in the towel in his forced retirement in light of his health condition" All of the four will put their own people in key positions and their pace will depend on the performance of the reelected government. Likewise, they will cover some of their non sancta actions. (...) In the meantime, they build bridges with pseudo-opponents. In the garrisons, generals watch and shut up.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.