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Reshuffle pushes Ramirez out of PdV leadership

Rafael Ramirez no longer head of PdV or minister for petroleum and mining, after a cabinet reshuffle

After more than a decade at the apex of Venezuela’s vast oil industry, Rafael Ramirez has been pushed out of his roles as the head of state oil company PdV and as the country’s petroleum and mining minister by president Nicolas Maduro amid a cabinet reshuffle.  Ramirez, who had also taken on a senior economic policymaking role, appears to have lost a battle within the government over the direction of the country’s ailing economy. Ramirez had pushed Maduro in recent weeks to adopt more free-market measures to help ease the country’s economic crisis such as unifying the country’s unwieldy exchange rate system and decreasing the country’s money supply to help tame inflation. While seen by econ

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