The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, appointed this Tuesday the president of the state-owned PDVSA as the new Minister of Oil, replacing Tareck El Aissami, who resigned yesterday after being accused of acts of corruption, which have left until now , 19 senior officials arrested.
"I met with the president of PDVSA, engineer Pedro Tellechea, I appointed him as the new Minister of Oil, within the framework of the transformation process that the industry is undergoing," the president said on Twitter, where he shared photos of his meeting with the official.
Maduro asked Tellechea for "maximum efficiency" in his new tasks.
The new minister assumed command of PDVSA on January 6, replacing Asdrúbal Chávez, who held the position since April 2020 and was also Minister of Oil.
Last September, Tellechea commanded the return of Monómeros, a subsidiary of PDVSA in Colombia, at the hands of the Government, after almost four years in which it was managed by the opposition that was recognized as a legitimate authority by the Executive of Iván Duque (2018- 2022), until the leftist Gustavo Petro came to power in the Andean country last August.
The engineer has worked for years at the Pequiven petrochemical company and defines himself as a manager who listens to the workers, as he assured when he arrived at the Monomeros plant in Barranquilla, Colombia.
El Aissami's resignation, announced this Monday, comes days after the Prosecutor's Office and the Government announced that there would be legal proceedings to arrest and investigate an unknown number of officials allegedly involved in acts of corruption.
Subsequently, Maduro accepted the official's resignation and announced that he would "fully" cleanse PDVSA of corrupt mafias with "draconian measures" and through "restructuring at the highest level."
At the moment, the identity of five of the 19 detained officials is known, including the former head of the Superintendency of Cryptoactives (Sunacrip) Joselit Ramírez and the pro-government deputy Hugbel Roa, whose parliamentary immunity was lifted this Tuesday, in addition to two judges and a chavista mayor.
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