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he never appears in public, the name of Carlos Erik Malpica Flores is linked to
a series of recently created businesses. The family of the national treasurer
registered 16 companies in Panama since Nicolás Maduro came to power in 2013.
Quiet, low-profile, is the faceless power. But more importantly, he is Cilia
Flores' favorite nephew.
and lies are told about the first lady -first fighter in revolutionary-speak.
But a side of her personality seems to admit no argument: she is a woman who
helps, protects and defends her own in all circumstances.
barely mattered that in 2008 the press found on the payroll of the National
Assembly—back then under her iron-fist leadership—47 of her family members with
positions in the organization chart. Nor has she seemed to care that on
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, a nephew and a foster child were sent to prison in
New York on charges of conspiring to introduce a shipment of cocaine into the
United States of America, in what has undoubtedly been an unprecedented scandal
in Venezuelan political history. Instead of dissociating herself from this,
Cilia Flores opted to stay home and wait. Some families have a pact of silence
and the Flores is among them.
Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas and Efraín Campo Flores, those involved in
the drug scandal in the U.S., are not Cilia’s favorite nephews, but the son of
her sister Eloísa, Carlos Erik Malpica Flores, with much more power,
consolidated at the presidential family’s side after his astronomical climb up
the roads of public administration. Pdvsa Vice Presidency of Finance, a position
he reached in late 2014, looks like the pinnacle of a career that began a few
years ago, on September 28, 2005, with the position of Director General of
Administrative Management and Services at the National Assembly (NA), while his
political uncle Nicolás Maduro was chairing the
year later, he held a similar position in the Chancery when the then-President
Hugo Chávez appointed Maduro Minister of Foreign Affairs. In late 2012, when
Chávez was already terminally ill and Maduro was second in command, Malpica
Flores joined the Vice Presidency of the Republic as Director General in charge
of that office. Finally, when his uncle ascended into office, he consolidated
his position as administrator of the country's finances. He has been assistant
treasurer, director general of Bandes and Treasurer of the Nation, in that same
order. Nowadays, he manages the national budget, additional credits and many
financial funds that the economists qualify as non-auditable due to lack of
reports and public balance