Cuba Without Oil If Maduro Loses

March 18, 2013 | Print Print |

the elections in Venezuela on April 14th

Henrique Capriles. Photo:

HAVANA TIMES – Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles resumed his campaign today in the western part of the country. He faces off with interim president Nicolas Maduro on April 14, reported dpa news.

Capriles told university students in Maracaibo that he would end the Chavez’ government’s “giveaway” programs to other countries that Maduro presided over as foreign minister during the previous six years.

The candidate said such programs add up to around US $7 billion a year.

“Not a single drop of oil is going to go for funding the government of the Castros in Cuba. Mr. Castro uses Venezuelans, our people, so that government is enriched… Nicolas is the candidate of the Castros, I am the candidate of Venezuela and Venezuelans,” said Capriles.

He said that socialism in Venezuela is no longer viable with the death of Hugo Chavez. Maduro claims just the opposite, saying he will continue the path begun by the recently deceased president.

Speaking at a university in Maracaibo, Capriles said education would be a priority of his presidency with universities being geared towards developing skills instead of an ideology.

“Venezuela is a country that has everything, the only thing missing is a good government. Venezuela all you need is a team leader who deeply loves this country and come with words of respect and attachment to convene all Venezuelans, “he said, adding that the core of his proposals are revolving around citizen security, creating employment and the fight against inflation.

Capriles was highly critical of the management of the country saying the government: “has been destroying the economy” with its policies of price controls, currency exchange and obstacles for private enterprise.


What's your opinion?

  • Moses Patterson

    If the United States, with all of our investigatve media and freedoms to criticize candidates can still go brain dead and elect George Bush II, Venzuelans, equally disabled in the midst of a national sorrow will likely elect Maduro.

    • Investigative Media? Don’t be offended but that Mr. Patterson is a very naive statement, the media in the US is pitiful

      • Moses Patterson

        Are you that mythical person they say exists that thinks GRANMA is good journalism?

    • ‘If the United States, with all of our investigatve media and freedoms to
      criticize candidates can still go brain dead and elect B Hussein -0-‘

      There, fixed it for you

  • I am the candidate of Venezuela and Venezuelans,” said Capriles.

    Perhaps one of our candadates would state, “I am the candadate of the USA and Americans.

  • I wonder if he will shut off the heating oil Chavez had been providing the poor, elderly and disabled on the east coast USA through Joe Kennedy’s Citizens Energy?

  • Griffin

    The thousands of Cuban intelligence agents in Venezuela may have another opinion. They didn’t stage manage the whole Chavez death scenario just to see their free oil slip away. Venezuela is Castro’s now. Get used to it.

  • What constitutes a public disgrace, is that someone pretending to run for the highest office of his country, does not have a platform, a philosophy, an ideology, except a heart full of hate against the weakest in the Venezuelan society.

    Following instructions from foreign capitals and feeding on a stale anti-communism, Capriles only weapon of mobilizing his followers, is the most stupid promise any six grader, neo-politician could ever utter: To prey on the poor, the majority of that society!

    Another fake politician in the US with similar thinking, spoke about 47%. Both will end up in the same trash bin of history.

    This ultra rich boy who was born with at “silver spoon in his mouth”, do not have a clue what it means to live in a hut hanging over the cliffs of Caracas without running water, electricity, sewer, job, healthcare, school or simply for having the wrong skin color.

    Capriles and his masters knows, that Cuba is trained in adversities. Worse happened in 1989 and the country survived! His hidden goal is to deprive children, mothers and elders of the healthcare, food, shelter and self esteem, Chavez provided to people he saw as himself.

    That’s Capriles fatal lack of understanding of his country and its people.

  • Moses Patterson

    On the contrary, Grady. Capriles stated during his campaign last year and had repeated last week that his plan is to pay Cuba for the medical services they currently receive in hard currency instead of in exchange for oil. Independent experts have estimated that for every dollar in medical services Venezuela receives, Venezuela sends $3us in oil to Cuba. Clearly a good deal for Cuba, not so much for the Venezuelan people.