Legislature blames Ramírez for US$11 billion embezzlement at PDVSA

Venezuela's Asamblea Nacional (AN) on 16 November 2016 declared Rafael Ramírez was responsible for embezzling US$11 billion during his tenure as President of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) from 2004 to 2014. During a session attended only by the 109 deputies from the opposition, the AN unanimously voted that Ramírez, as well as Javier Ochoa, the head of PDVSA subsidiary Bariven, were politically responsible for ten corruption cases involving PDVSA (El Universal). Freddy Guevara, President of the AN Comptroller Committee, called on President Nicolás Maduro to remove Ramírez from his current post as Venezuela's Ambassador to the United Nations (La Patilla). Ramírez stated via Twitter that he would defend his honor and reputation by taking legal action against the AN (El Nacional).