Venezuelas president replaces longtime oil chief as part of cabinet shakeup

Venezuela’s president replaces longtime oil chief as part of cabinet shakeup by The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2014 8:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CARACAS, Venezuela – President Nicolas Maduro has replaced the Venezuela’s longtime oil minister and economic czar as part of a cabinet shakeup sidelining the most-prominent voice within his administration for much-needed reforms to address the country’s economic crisis.Rafael Ramirez had served as oil minister and president of the state-run oil giant PDVSA for more than a decade.Maduro made the announcement Tuesday night as part of a much-anticipated government restructuring. The president named Ramirez the new foreign minister.Ramirez will be replaced in his previous jobs by lesser-known officials. He was also forced to give up his year-old post as top economic policy maker, from which he had argued for a currency overhaul and unpopular gas price hikes to help Venezuela tackle an economic crisis marked by 60 per cent inflation. read more