The clock is ticking for Venezuela’s president, and the president keeps changing the cadence, so he has more time to turn one of the world’s major oil producers into a complete economic and social disaster. President Nicolas Maduro is Hugo Chavez’s successor, and he has done a miserable job as the leader of this Latin American nation. The opposition party is trying to force the socialist president to resign, but Maduro is determined to stay in power. The majority National Assembly is made up of people those oppose Maduro, and they have been trying to form a national agreement to get the economy moving again, according to the Deputy of the National Assembly from the state of Guárico, José Manuel González.
José Manuel González is a well-known agricultural entrepreneur, and he has been trying to get the government to increase domestic food production, but Maduro has refused to listen. Tons of corn and rice could help the starving people, but in states like Guárico the crime and the idleness have ruined a lot of the farms. González is a well-respected businessman and gubernatorial candidate. He is dedicated to getting Venezuela moving again. The Chavismo socialist government has outlived its usefulness, and González wants a democratic government to take over. And, he’s not alone. More than 1 million people jammed the streets of Caracas recently demanding a recall referendum vote. The people of Venezuela need help but Maduro has another agenda.
Even though more than 80 percent of the people in Venezuela want to remove Maduro from office, the government-run election board just pushed the referendum vote back to 2017. That means the socialist party could stay in power to at least 2018, according to González. Most assemblymen believe the country won’t last that long under the current leadership and government policies. González wants help from other nations and so does more than 50 percent of the National Assembly.
At this point, the only choice is massive demonstrations orchestrated by the democratic opposition, according to Mr. González. Civil disobedience may be the only answer for Venezuela, but José Manuel González still wants to settle the issues through a national agreement.