The newly appointed economy minister of Venezuela promised to defend the social programs implemented during the past 17 years of Bolivarian Revolution as he has developed a new strategy to overcome the economic war led by the opposition against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
In an interview with teleSUR Friday, Economy Minister Luis Salas said that he is willing to involve all the necessary sectors in order to overcome the economic crisis faced by the South American nation, adding that the economic plan proposed by President Maduro is the best way to counter the plans of the right-wing lawmakers who now hold a supermajority at the National Assembly.
Maduro announced Thursday what he called an “economic state of emergency” aimed at tackling major economic issues and address, one by one, the fundamental elements of production, distribution, commercialization, and price regulation.
Salas said he will deliver on Tuesday an economic plan to the Chavista lawmakers gathered in the “Bloque de la Patria,” including those of the ruling PSUV socialist party.
"We should aim to recover the positive expectations of people towards the future. The economic crisis cannot be solved only with economic measures," Salas said as he recalled that between 2008 and 2010 Venezuelans experienced a similar situation and managed to overcome it.
Salas, a sociologist, is founder of the Center of Political Economy at the Bolivarian University of Venezuela.
Since taking over as the majority force in the Venezuelan National Assembly, the right-wing opposition has adopted a confrontational attitude, dismissing the thought of cooperation with the socialists and wrecking chances of reconciliation.
However public sectors, including the military forces, have pledged staunch support for President Maduro and his government in the face of threats by right-wing lawmakers to oust the president.