In an effort to more easily facilitate structural changes within the government, all ministers have offered their resignations to Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, a development confirmed last night by Vice President Jorge Arreaza.
A week into an operation closing Venezuela’s 2,200 km border with Colombia between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., officials in the Venezuelan government have noted positive results in the prevention of contraband sales.
Following the announcement of a collective workers’ contract signed at the end of last week, the Sidor steel plant in Ciudad Guyana will reopen for normal operation, several officials confirmed this afternoon.
Across Venezuela commune activists are creating regional Presidential Councils of Communal Governance in order to play an increased role in the management of local and regional affairs in conjunction with national authorities.
The opposition Democratic Unity Table (MUD) coalition has agreed to remain united and adopt common strategic priorities in the coming period. The development occurs as a hard-line faction of the opposition launches a new initiative which does not include several major MUD parties.
While representatives from both the Venezuelan government and the workers’ union at the state-owned Sidor steel plant in Ciudad Guyana announced that each side had agreed to terms for a new collective workers’ contract early Thursday morning, other union members contested that the negotiations left out key leaders, and convoked protests later in the day.
In an attempt to combat rising border smuggling and contraband sales, Venezuelan officials have decided to close the border between Venezuela and Colombia between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., a measure announced earlier this week.