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Teodoro Petkoff Malec is a Venezuelan politician, ex-guerrilla, journalist and economist. One of the most prominent politicians on the left in Venezuela, Petkoff began as a communist but gravitated towards liberalism in the 1990s. He has been a prominent critic of President Hugo Chavez, and was a candidate to run against him in the December 2006 presidential elections, but dropped out of the race in August to support Manuel Rosales.
In 1971, Petkoff left the PCV to found, along with other dissidents of a pro-Soviet tendency, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS). He was a member of Congress and twice an unsuccessful candidate for president.
In the second government of Rafael Caldera (1994-1999), MAS was in coalition with the centrist party Convergence of Caldera, along with other left-wing parties such as the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) and the MEP, and other right-wing parties as the National Movement of Integration. Petkoff served as Minister of the Central Office of Coordination and Planning (Cordiplan), directing the government's economic policies. From Cordiplan, Petkoff managed the Venezuela Agenda, a neo-liberal government program for reducing the size of the public administration, controlling inflation and stopping the currency devaluation, while administering social programs aimed at improving the population's nutritional health and providing "children-mother" services for the poorest.
A Former Guerrilla Reinvents Himself as a Candidate.
Petkoff's Official 2006 Presidential Campaign Website
Newspaper Tal Cual
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