Venezuela's armed forces are political too

Venezuelan soldiers take part in a military parade in Caracas on December 12, 2015Venezuela’s armed forces, which are conducting exercises against perceived internal and external threats, hold immense power in the government of President Nicolas Maduro and notably have interests in the vital oil sector. The opposition-controlled Congress last month ordered that Food Minister Rodolfo Marco Torres be fired for the severe lack of basic food stocks. Venezuela’s critical electricity shortage is being handled by the energy ministry in the hands of General Luis Motta Dominguez, who implemented rationing.

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