While Nicolás Maduro shows the lure of dialogue with the opposition in Barbados, new movements are taking 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 to the Minister of Defense of the regime, Vladimir Padrino, despite the doubts about their loyalty that had been opened by his 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 appointment as the new army chief of Alexis Rodríguez Cabello, who is cousin of the regime's number two, Diosdado Cabello. For his part, General Fabio Enrique Zavarce Pabón was appointed general commander 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 Rodriguez Cabello replaces Jesús Suárez Chourio in the army headquarters, whom Maduro named yesterday Chief of Staff of the Commander in Chief, with the aim 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 (tagsToTranslate) cousin (t) goddess (t) hair