The dust still hasn’t settled in the debate over where the government is headed, vis-a-vis economic policy.
Some people think that #LaSalidaDeGiordani means more pragmatic days are coming. Rafael Ramírez himself has been teasing us about this nonstop, basically mouthing off against the very policies he helped implement and finance. And yet, on the actual policy front, we have heard nothing from the government.
Count Javier Corrales and Asdrúbal Oliveros in the skeptic camp. They see a power struggle inside chavismo, one that is going to make it difficult for Ramírez to implement any measures that touch upon the source of income for many inside chavismo. They also claim that Giordani has not been powerful for quite some time, so his exit does not change much in terms of internal government dynamics. On the other hand, Hugo Pérez Hernáiz thinks we are headed to more pragmatic days, forecasting the PSUV’s radical wing will ultimately be thrown under the bus.
At any rate, the clock is ticking for the “pragmatists” to show what they’re made of. In the meantime, the economy has ground to a halt.