Rangel Gómez reappears with Ángel Marcano in a meeting with representatives of Fedeindustria

Jhoalys Siverio

For at least two weeks there has been talk of the return of former governor Francisco Rangel Gómez to Bolívar state. However, he had not made any public appearance, unlike his wife Nidia Escobar, who on October 19 visited the Mundo Sonrisas headquarters in Ciudad Bolívar, accompanied by Yajaira Arocha, the now president of the Bolívar Social Foundation (FSB) and wife of the candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela for the Interior.

Photos -which circulated in networks on October 27- of a meeting of members of Fedeindustria Bolívar with the candidate Ángel Marcano, confirmed not only the return of Rangel Gómez to Guayana, but also moves his chips in favor of recovering the Government that Justo leaves Noguera, his successor in 2017.

At this meeting, the businessmen delivered a document to Ángel Marcano with a project for the recovery of the center of Puerto Ordaz.

Sources close to the PSUV assure that it is not the first time that Rangel has set foot on Venezuelan ground since he left for Mexico in 2017. Others maintain that this return is related to his role as a reunifier of forces to promote and support the candidacy of Marcano, who has already been handed over to various institutions and / or departments dependent on the Government, such as the FSB, on which he himself He stated that they requested to have control and it was handed over to them.

It is also said that it will be through Marcano, upon reaching the Governor’s Office in the November 21 elections, that Rangel will regain power in Bolívar.

Upon learning of Rangel’s return to Guayana, at the Manuel Carlos Piar International Airport, the comments about the return of Rangel Gómez’s brother-in-law, César Escobar, gained strength -and in many ways-, to the direction of the SAAR (Autonomous Airport Service) Bolivar.

A play since the primaries

Since the UBCH applications began for the primaries carried out by the PSUV, the alliance between Marcano and the mayor of Caroní, Tito Oviedo, was attributed not only as tokens of Nicolás Maduro in contrast to those of Diosdado Cabello, they were also identified as Rangel Gómez tokens and that through them he would return to power.

In fact, Marcano was not included among those nominated for the primaries, but finally the leadership of the ruling party appointed him as a candidate for the Interior.

But it is not the first time that, behind the scenes, Rangel Gómez has pulled strings in his favor for an electoral process. In September 2018, in the context of the council elections on December 9 of that year, the same PSUV militancy assured that even while in Mexico, the former governor claimed his share of power in the candidate nominations.

Stay in Mexico

The last public appearance of Rangel Gómez was at dawn on October 18 in the company of his successor, Justo Noguera Pietri, in the fraudulent adjudication of the Interior. Evidence presented days later showed the manipulation of votes in complicity with the Bolívar Regional Electoral Board, Plan República and the entire chain that had to ensure the transparency and security of the process.

After that questioned delivery of the Government to Noguera, Rangel took a flight to Mexico. A portal investigation Armando.info He reviewed that the choice of this destination was not accidental, since one of his daughters lives in that country and his son-in-law has a whole business network.

In September 2018, information was even released that Rangel Gómez and his wife were processing their asylum in Mexico. This is due to some photographs in which they are seen entering the headquarters of the National Institute of Migration, in the Polanco area, in the Federal District of Mexico.

Francisco Rangel Gómez was governor of Bolívar for three consecutive terms, from 2004 to 2017. He was also president of the Venezuelan Corporation of Guayana.


According to the Poderopedia portal, reports of corruption, nepotism and personalism multiplied against him. Some of the most famous cases of his management were that of the mafia of the cabillas and the iron cartel, where figures close to Rangel Gómez and allied businessmen were involved.

In addition, on November 3, 2017, the Government of Canada included him in a list of 18 sanctioned Venezuelan officials, who were pointed out as being “responsible or complicit in serious internationally recognized human rights violations, have committed important acts of corruption or they have done both ”.

The United States also sanctioned it on January 5, 2018, and two months later the Government of Panama did the same, considering it “high risk due to money laundering, terrorist financing and financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”