meetings with Azevedo, three of them, were held at the Gourmet Market in El
Rosal, one of the few trendy cafés that have survived the crisis in Venezuela, a
favorite of models and businessmen, close to Caracas's financial district, El
Rosal, and Odebrecht's office. On behalf of Odebrecht, Azevedo pledged to cancel
35 of the 50 million dollars he was being asked to close a deal.
then interlocutor of Azevedo and emissary of Maduro, Américo Mata, is a
transversal piece in the chavismo gear, that has been climbing steps along the
former deputy, several times minister and even former vice president of the
Republic, Elías Jaua, who for these recent days presided over the commission
promoting the controversial National Constituent Assembly that the government
intends to install.
Mata has held various positions of trust in the public administration, from the
Vice-Minister of Agricultural Economy to the extinct National Foreign Currency
Administration Commission (Cadivi), passing through Hidrocapital, the National
Institute of Socialist Educational Cooperation (Inces) and the National
Corporation "Barrio Nuevo, Barrio Tricolor".
2015, Mata succeeded its direct sponsor, Elías Jaua, as president of the
Development Corporation of the Tuy Miranda River Basin, Corpomiranda. This is an
ad-hoc entity created by the chavismo
from the central government to eclipse the Governor of that province, Capriles
Radonski. Jaua worked in this kind of parallel governorship of Miranda - the
state from which he received the unofficial title of Protector- as president of Corpomiranda
until 2015, when he left the office to run as a candidate for the National
Assembly and bequeathed it to his pupil, Américo