Topic: Government in Crisis: Nicolas Maduro’s Cabinet in Venezuela
Despite common knowledge regarding peace in the South American region, Venezuela is currently one of the most dangerous places to live. It is an extremely relevant topic not just for those interested in Venezuela, or even South America – this crisis has to be understood and debated by the international community. Among the critical issues for Venezuela are the balance of power among federal branches of the State, the electoral calendar that is currently in place, human rights concerns, truth and justice, and the socioeconomic circumstances. Venezuela was under the presidential leadership of Hugo Chavez from 1999 until he died in 2013. A controversial Latin American leader, Chavez is often cited as a cause for the current crisis, having focused the country’s economy entirely on oil exports. After his death, Nicolas Maduro, the Vice President to Chavez and member of his same political party (United Socialist Party), took Chavez’s place as President of the Republic. Maduro, however, did not gain popularity during his government. Venezuela's primary trade product, oil, became part of a huge crisis and its price fell dramatically. This led to a big cut in the previously praised social programs, and support for Maduro disappeared almost completely. The difficult economic situation in the country has led to extreme government debt and hyperinflation in Venezuela's products, and along with daily protests and the population’s dissatisfaction with the government, stands at the core of the country’s crisis. Set in Nicolas Maduro’s Cabinet of Ministers, delegates will have the opportunity to engage in lively debate as members of the government and will navigate their policies and loyalties while addressing the challenging situations that come up in Venezuela.