These images were taken from Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro’s visit to a community in Aragua state yesterday as part of Maduro’s “street government”. Under this initiative, proposed during Maduro’s presidential election campaign, the executive power travels to each state throughout the country to learn more about the problems and needs of the population, while proposing and approving a variety of projects and other public works.
During his house to house visit in the Coropo neighbourhood in Aragua state, Maduro spoke with residents about their needs and listened to their proposals for the improvement of their community. Maduro himself approved the construction of two “sports courts for peace” in the zone, which will have space for cultural activities such as for a new chapter of Venezuela’s El Sistema youth orchestra, as well as containing sporting facilities.
Other projects proposed were the formation of local “construction brigades” to upgrade housing in the area, the improvement of local transport, and that the community form socio-productive communes to grow food and contribute to the fight against shortages.
Following Maduro’s narrow victory in April’s presidential election and the challenge by losing candidate Henrique Capriles to his legitimacy, the “street government” has been an important strategy to allow Maduro to retake control of the political agenda and demonstrate his capacity to govern.
Maduro’s “street government” has also visited the states of Barinas, Tachira, Carabobo and Miranda, and will continue its tour of the country in the coming weeks and months.
Text by Venezuelanaysis.com. All photographs by Agencia Venezolana de Noticias.