Saturday, December 27, 2014

Human Rights Disaster Venezuela Moves Oil Minister to UN Ambassador


Venezuela's Maduro Moves Ramirez to UN Ambassador

CARACAS -- Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro announced cabinet changes via his twitter account Friday afternoon, naming the current Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez -- who had formerly been one of the most important government officials in the roles of Vice President of the Economy, Minister of Oil and Mining and President of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) -- as ambassador to the United Nations.

He named his former Communications Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, as Foreign Minister.

Venezuela will take up a two-year rotation as a member of the U.N. Security Council in January.

"On January 1, 2015 Venezuela joins the Security Council of the UN, with the greatest responsibility to defend world peace. So have appointed Rafael Ramirez to assume directly as an ambassador of our country in New York at the UN," Maduro tweeted. 


Venezuelan Foreign Minister Becomes Envoy to UN

CARACAS – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that Rafael Ramirez has been relieved as foreign minister and will become Caracas’ permanent representative to the United Nations.

The president made the announcement on Twitter, where he also said that he had named former Communication Minister Delcy Rodriguez to succeed Rodriguez at the Foreign Ministry.

“On Jan. 1, 2015, Venezuela takes its place on the UN Security Council with the greatest responsibility for defending World Peace,” Maduro said. “For that reason I have designated Comrade Rafael Ramirez to directly assume the position as ambassador of our Nation in New York before the UN.”

After the announcement, Ramirez also took to Twitter and said he would accept “President Maduro’s decision with revolutionary discipline. The Venezuelan people can count on my loyalty to (the late President Hugo) Chavez and to the Nation.”

Ramirez was named foreign minister on Sept. 2 when he was relieved as petroleum and mining minister, and of the presidency of state oil company PDVSA, positions which he had held for more than 10 years, as well as the vice presidency for economic affairs.

But despite his replacement as the head of the petroleum sector, Ramirez remained Venezuela’s spokesman before the Organization of Oil-Exporting Countries and Maduro called him the “oil minister.”

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