Edgardo Parra's fall from grace

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Edgardo-Parra-The incumbent Chavista mayor of Valencia, Edgardo Parra, was arrested last night by SEBIN agents for his possible involvement in a corruption case.

Days ago, the office of a company belonging to Parra’s son was also raided. Four people were arrested and several properties seized.

Parra has denied any wrongdoing and said that “…he’s open to an investigation”, as he beseeched his son to assume his personal responsibility.

However, looks like Parra’s fate was sealed after Carabobo State Governor Francisco Ameliach accused him, his son and Valencia’s Treasury Director Alberto Terán of being involved in corruption and called authorities to intervene. Hours later, Parra was detained.

Parra is not running for re-election this December, because the PSUV-GPP alliance chose instead Ameliach’s ally Miguel Flores as its candidate (He was until recently Carabobo’s Secretario General de Gobierno, a post roughly translatable as the Governor’s chief-of-staff, or a kind of appointed Lieutenant Governor).

The alleged case of extorsion involving Parra’s son is by no means the only alleged corruption case inside Valencia’s municipal government: Last year, four checkbooks of the city’s Treasury went “missing”. The related post provides us with a small glimpse of Parra’s style of governance.

What’s striking here is the timing. This series of events comes just weeks before the 8-D local elections and right in the middle of the discussion regarding Maduro’s request for an Enabling Law to fight corruption. Turns out he doesn’t actually need special powers to prosecute guys as Parra, as there is already a Law against corruption on the books – which, needless to say, se acata pero no se cumple.

So why do this now, and in such a hurry? Is Edgardo Parra being used as a scapegoat to pass the Enabling Law? Is this the result of infighting inside chavismo in Carabobo or just an electoral ploy to improve Flores’s chances to win?

There are more questions than answers. To know more details about the case, we’ll have to wait to Edgardo Parra’s court appearance on Monday, when he will be formally charged.

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  1. This guy has a lot of cuentos, to my mind comes an anecdote I heard from a guy in my previous job: he had a son who worked as a Policía Municipal, so for a while he was part of Parra’s security detail, he spent a night in a cell at the Municipal Police headquarters as a punishment: One day alcaparra (that’s how we call him here in Valencia) was at some sort of public event at Plaza Bolívar de Miguel Peña, this event was with children of the slums, well, turns out that at the end of the event, Parra realized that his wallet had been stolen, so, furious, he “punished” his security detail by having them spend a night in a prison cell.

  2. And then I know from an ex-director of INVIAL that El Pollo had acquired a Van to be used by his dear dad Henrique, but he wouldn’t be caught dead on that. So the prodigal son got him a Lexus and the van was used by the directors to go to the beach with family, the occasional bbq, fooling around with carajitas and moving furniture. All of this with public money.
    This is to say that corruption in Venezuela is part of the ADN…no matter ideology or party

    • I don’t know of that specific corruption affair but I believe it, I have heard several other stories, some worse than that, from very close sources as well. There have been so many stories of nepotism, autocracy, screw-the-law-because-I-am-the-boss from all those guys.

      The Salas were such silly arrogant prigs…they would die before going to mingle with the crowd in Miguel Pena, Tocuyito and so on…all their group…only at the end did the Pollo tried to appear a couple of times in the South. I suppose later he took a one-hour shower to clean himself from the riff-raff.

      Oh, my God! What have we Valencianos done to get these people?

      • You kept re-electing them. It is sad to say Carabobo State has been the closest thing to a regional caudillo fiefdom in Venezuela since 1989, being now controlled by the dearly overbearing Psuv party.

  3. I wrote a post in my blog about this. I think Ameliach needs to do something to improve Flores’ chances for the elections in December. Flores is Ameliach’s compadre in lots of businesses.
    Parra was still thinking in July to run for mayor but he was incompetent even for Chavista standards. They all try to show how much closer they are to the dead coup monger from Sabaneta.

    Carabobo has a sad fate: we have just feudal lords on both sides, although those on the Chavista site are more corrupt…the others are not precisely the model for openness and democracy.

  4. I think that this is all a show to boost Miguel Flores chances in an increasingly opposition leaning municipality, they had 5 years to prosecute his now apparently obvious corruption, instead they chose to jail him 2 month before an election, how convenient, the idea is to distance as much as possible the disastrous AlcaParra’s administration from the PSUV in an attempt to convice us fools that one of Ameliach’s sect will do better than his fellow chavista, Flores himself had already said that he wouldn’t give be a continuation of Parra’s term

  5. The Irony: They jailed the reporter who wrote about how corrupt this guy was back in 2010 (When there weren’t any elections on the horizon, of course) Also, there are many articles on Aporrea on how Parra himself was a representation of the ideals of Chavismo, I’m guessing they are deleted by now.

    Amor con amor se paga, supongo.

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