BOGOTA (Reportase One) – Venezuelan authorities have arrested at least 19 people in a corruption probe involving high-level government officials.
“There are 19 detained so far, and I believe there are many more,” said Jorge Rodriguez, chairman of the National Assembly, Tuesday.
The indictment has led to the resignation of Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami. After his resignation and the arrests of four other officials on Monday, President Nicolas Maduro said his government had taken a firm stance to eradicate corruption in the country.
Maduro underlined his decision to investigate the roots of the corruption plan, which he said was embedded in the political, legal and economic apparatus.
For this reason, he asked for a penalty to be applied as a warning to those involved.
In a meeting he co-chaired with the national leaders of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Maduro said he would take action against all those involved, including ministers, governors, mayors, businesses and members of parliament.
“We have taken a vertical, frontal and absolute position: the fight against corruption and the corrupt, eradicate those who steal from the people, wherever they are, wherever they come from, whatever their beliefs,” Maduro said.
The National Assembly on Tuesday approved the government’s draft deal supporting the fight against corruption. The call to eradicate corruption was supported by the National Armed Forces, which issued a statement supporting the president.
“In recent days, we have learned of the decisive actions taken by the Government of Bolivaria against a group of public officials who committed blatant acts of corruption, which have a real impact on the country’s morale, peace, good life, peace, development and prosperity of the Venezuelan people,” the statement read. the.
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Editor: M Razi Rahman
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