Cuba to Lose Oil "Freebie", repeats Capriles
April 1, 2013
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.