Teodoro Petkoff

Venezuelan politician (1932-2018)

Teodoro Petkoff Malec (Spanish pronunciation: [teoˈðoɾo petˈkof maˈlek]; 3 January 1932 – 30 October 2018) was a Venezuelan politician, former guerrilla, journalist and economist.

Teodoro Petkoff
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Minister of the Central Office of Coordination and Planning (Cordiplan)
In office
Personal details
Born(1932-01-03)3 January 1932
Bobures, Zulia State
Died30 October 2018(2018-10-30) (aged 86)
Caracas, Venezuela
Political partyMAS
Alma materCentral University of Venezuela
ProfessionPolitician, Journalist

He was an important left politician in Venezuela. Petkoff began as a communist but went to liberalism in the 1990s.

As Minister of Planning he oversaw President Rafael Caldera's adoption of neoliberal economic policies in the mid-1990s. He was a strong critic of President Hugo Chávez, and was a candidate to run against him in the December 2006 presidential elections, but dropped out of the race in August.

He launched the newspaper Tal Cual in 2000 and remained its editor until his death.

Petkoff died on 30 October 2018 in Caracas at the age of 86.[1]

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  1. "Venezuelan journalist Petkoff, ex-guerrilla leader, dies". ABC News / Associated Press. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.