Venezuela’s First Lady to learn English in St Vincent
CARACAS, Venezuela -- According to a little-noticed announcement by Venezuela’s President Nicola on November 3, his wife, First Lady Cilia Flores, who is also known as the “first combatant”, will travel to St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to study English, the PanAm Post reported.
Flores, who is running for Congress in next month’s national parliamentary elections as one of the ruling United Socialist Party candidates, also hosts a weekly TV show on Sundays.
Maduro did not provide many details on his wife’s travel, but he did mention that it was part of an agreement recentlysigned with SVG to strengthen bilateral relations.
According to Venezuelan diplomatic staff in St Vincent, Maduro’s last delegation to visit the island included three airplanes at full capacity carrying two Chavista governors, their families, and enough food to feed them for three days.
Last month, Venezuelan journalist Rafael Poleo wrote an op-ed for El Nuevo País, a national daily newspaper, claiming that Maduro’s wife was behind the idea of “improving” relations with SVG and other small Caribbean islands.
Her real objective, wrote Poleo, is not to learn English, but rather to pave the way for her family’s possible exile from Venezuela.
Flores seems to perceive that Venezuela’s crisis is worsening, and that political support for the regime is faltering even among the presidential family’s own followers.
According to Thabata Molina, writing in the PanAm Post, Poleo’s thesis is certainly plausible; Flores’ Caribbean sojourn could well involve arranging the details of the Chavista leadership’s arrival in St Vincent, once they decide to jump ship in Venezuela.
“Meanwhile, Venezuelans can demand to know if it might be easier -- and cheaper -- for the first lady to take English lessons at home. It probably would be, even if they flew St Vincent’s best instructor over to Caracas. After all, moving Doña Cilia to the Caribbean includes considerable expenses on lodging, security, and supplies,” Molina pointed out.
“The CENCOEX would need to approve the transfer of a very large amount of US dollars to cater to her needs, a sufficient amount to cover the costs of many Venezuelan students abroad who really need those dollars. Citizens’ basic rights, however, don’t stand a chance against the fulfillment of socialist politicians’ extravagance,” Molina added.