While Nicolás Maduro shows the lure of dialogue with the opposition in Barbados, new movements take place in the high command of the Venezuelan Armed Forces. Maduro tries to keep the ranks tight and keep the internal balance of power. Last Sunday confirmed in his post the Minister of Defense of the regime, Vladimir Padrino, despite the doubts about their fidelity that had been opened due to their involvement in the events of 30 April. That day the opposition leader Leopoldo López was released and appeared at dawn with the interim president, Juan Guaidó, at the military base of La Carlota calling to rise against the Chavista dictatorship. As reported by the former head of the Intelligence Service (Sebin), Cristopher Figuera In the interview published yesterday by ABC, Padrino was aware but finally did not take the step.
The ratification of Padrino took place in an act of official graduation in which Maduro announced some novelties, among them the designation as the new head of the Army of Alexis Rodríguez Cabello, which is a cousin of number two of the regime, God given hair. On the other hand, the general Fabio Enrique Zavarce Pabón He was appointed commanding general of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), the militarized police.
A «clear concession»
According to the president of the NGO Control Ciudadano, Rocío San Miguel, they suppose "a clear concession to the power exercised by Diosdado Cabello Rondón and Néstor Reverol -minister of the Interior of the regime- on these components".
Alexis Rodríguez Cabello replaced in the Army Headquarters Jesús Suárez Chourio, which Maduro named yesterday Chief of Staff of the Commander in Chief, with the objective of "reanimating, energizing and carrying forward this structure," Maduro announced through his Ministry of Communication.
The illegitimate chief executive has signed a presidential decree with which he says to resume "with great force" the Commander in Chief of the Vital Structure of the Venezuelan State to exercise its "constitutional functions" and "further contribute to the strengthening" of the National Armed Forces Bolivarian
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