NEW YORK -- Venezuela's Ambassador to the United Nations in New York has resigned on orders from Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro.
The resignation comes after a rare public feud amongst the leadership of Venezuela's ruling party as the country's once oil rich economy continues to deteriorate under communist economic policies and widespread corruption.
After widespread rumors began circulating over the last week, Ramirez announced his resignation via twitter, along with a 4 page letter.
Ramirez was the former oil minister and head of state oil company PDVSA.
In recent weeks, many PDVSA employees have been rounded up and arrested, including the President and leading officials of PDVSA subsidiary CITGO, as well as the sitting PDVSA head Nelson Martinez and current oil minister Eulogio Del Pino.
Ramirez's cousin Douglas Salazar was arrested Friday, December 1.