Cuba to Lose Oil “Freebie”, repeats Capriles

Henrique Capriles.

HAVANA TIMES (dpa) — Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said today that if elected on April 14th he would stop “giving away” oil to Cuba, alleging that this is what the current government does.

“We won’t give any more oil to Mr. Castro, it’s as simple as that,” said Capriles at a press conference.

Capriles said that after defeating the “candidate of the Castro brothers” (acting President Nicolas Maduro), he would end the controversial agreements with Cuba that allow the island to buy Venezuelan oil on preferential terms.

“That’s what I’ve said, and I repeat, we’re going to beat the other candidate. His mentor (Maduro’s), his boss is Raul Castro, and everyday resources to finance the government of Mr. Castro leave here. We’re not going to continue funding them,” said the candidate of the opposition alliance “Mesa de la Unidad Democratica” (MUD).

Capriles, who lost the presidential elections on October 7 to the late President Hugo Chavez (55%-44%), said: “Nicolas Maduro is the guarantee for the Castro brothers. I’m the guarantee for Venezuelans.”

The opposition candidate promised that his government would use oil revenues to increase the minimum wage by 40 percent, create a program of “Zero Hunger,” and encourage the creation of new jobs in the private sector and increase pensions for retirees.



10 thoughts on “Cuba to Lose Oil “Freebie”, repeats Capriles

  • The current measures of Chavez are mainly helping the Castro dictatorship, not the Venezuela people.
    If the 6 billion dollars that Chavez donates to Cuba were invested in training Venezuelan doctors, improving local health facilities and providing decent incomes for doctors they would not need Cuban “imports”.
    Zimbabwe used imported Cuban doctors to break local strikes and it resulted in a complete disaster with local doctors leaving resentment for the huge amounts paid to the Castro regime and the bad circumstances they were left in.
    Venezuela need to invest in its own people. that is what Capriles wants to do.
    Paying the Castrois 130,000 dollars per Cuban “cooperator” (7 times what a Venezuelan doctor gets) is just economical and health madness. No wonder lots of doctors leave.

  • Who will fund the purchases of beans from U.S. ?

  • The concern must be for the medico’s working out side Cuba that must be paid for by Venezuelan contracts. How do they survive until returning to Cuba? Then what happens to their lives. No work for them in Cuba!! Already more doctors then medicine.

  • What did the current opposition in Cuba do to help the poor when they were in power? Next to nothing. Now they want to close down all those wildly popular social programs and send all those Cuban doctors and nurses packing? How do these oppositionists plan to replace them. They don’t, of course. The magic of the market place will, ahem… take care of them.

    To these oppositionists, health care is not fundamental human right, but a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder. It seems unlikely that the Venezuelan people will ever again fall for the false expressions of concern and the false promises of the ultra-right.

  • Even if, as is likely, Capriles loses, a non-charismatic Maduro will inherit 35-45% that voted to oppose the role of wetnurse to Cuba by the Venezuelan government. As inflation, shortages, crime and unemployment continue to rise during Maduro’s government, he will less able than his predecessor to continue subsidizing the Castros. The question is not if the subsidies end what happens to the regime in Cuba, but when.

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