April 27, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the appointment of oil Minister Tarek El Aissami, who had held the post of Vice-President. The decree on the appointment was published in the official newspaper of the Venezuelan government, according to state television channel VTV.
In addition, the state oil company PDVSA, headed by Asdrubal Chavez, cousin of late President Hugo Chavez.
As noted by the Associated Press, both posts 2017 combined General Manuel Quevedo. With him, says the Agency, oil production in Venezuela has fallen by 65% – from 2 million barrels per day to 700 thousand
Chavez for several months he held the position of head of CITGO (a subsidiary of PDVSA) in Houston, but was forced to resign after he was denied renewal us visa.
AP recalls that the United States suspect al-Aissami of involvement in drug trafficking. In late March, the U.S. justice Department has accused Maduro of Venezuelan and 14 current and former politicians in an attempt to “flood” the US with cocaine. For information leading to the arrest Maduro, the United States promised $15 million, El Aissami – $10 million
In Venezuela more than a year of continued political crisis. 10 January 2019 Maduro, with the most votes in the elections of 2018, took the oath of office of the President. 15 January, the opposition-controlled Parliament has recognized Maduro usurper. 23 January 2019 the head of the Parliament of Venezuela Juan Guido declared himself acting President of the country.
Since then, the country has two leaders: the United States, most of Latin America and the European Union recognized Guide interim President, Russia expressed its support for Maduro.