HAVANA TIMES — If President Maduro is hoping to make people lose all confidence in his government, it is one of the things he is doing quickly and successfully.
He has postponed the Annual Report for 2014 a second time.
According to the Venezuelan constitution, the president must offer an account of his administration within the first ten days of the New Year.
At the end of December, Nicolas Maduro declared that he would be “announcing” new economic measures – measures everyone is anxiously waiting for, what with the crisis – in January of this year. The president, however, spent the first two weeks of the year on an international tour, forgetting his Annual Report completely.
This past weekend, when the price of oil was still dropping, he spoke about how successful his trip had been and again promised he would offer his address (including a report on the new economic adjustments and an account of last year) on Tuesday, January 20.
On Monday, however, his spokespeople addressed the people with new information: “Fellow Venezuelans, we inform you that President Maduro’s Annual Report before the National Assembly has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, January 21 at 5 pm.”
These statements appear to convey the following message: “Fellow Venezuelans, the economic measures announced will be implemented, not today, but tomorrow…perhaps the day after tomorrow.”
It is not the first time the president promises to give new information and then doesn’t. It is not the first time they don’t offer an explanation as to a given delay, situation or government action.
In social networks, Venezuelans who are not content with the president’s administration (and we can no longer speak solely of the opposition) are already announcing they will hold a demonstration during the presidential address.
Is that what Maduro was trying to avoid by postponing his address?
Are the economic adjustments so drastic that they fear that a large percentage of Venezuelans will react violently?
Is president Maduro not taking this matter seriously enough?
Are the new measures not ready to be implemented yet?
Will economic measures actually be implemented, or will they only be political in nature?
Will they continue to blame the opposition of waging an economic war, in a country with more than 60% inflation?
Will they finally dare raise the price of gas or triple the price of public transportation, as they did several weeks ago in some places?
There are many unanswered questions, and things are starting to resemble a mystery radio-play.
President Maduro may offer us the answer today. Then again, maybe he won’t.
Editors Note: Venezuela is Cuba’s leading trade partner and top political ally.