Aristóbulo Istúriz (born 20 December 1946) is a Venezuelan politician and academic. He was a professor at the Centro de Estudios del Desarrollo (CENDES) of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He was elected to Parliament several times for Acción Democrática, representing the Federal District (now the Capital District), before joining the Radical Cause in 1986. He was elected mayor of the Libertador Municipality of Caracas on December 6, 1992, a position he would remain in until January 2, 1996. After finishing his term as mayor (having lost his re-election bid to Antonio Ledezma), he became co-presenter of the Globovisión TV show Blanco y Negro.
In 1997, together with some other ex-Radical Cause-members, he co-founded the Homeland for All (Patria Para Todos, PPT), which in the 1998 presidential election decided to support Hugo Chávez. Between 2001 and 2007 he served as Minister of Education in Chávez' government. In 2008 Istúriz was the pro-Chávez Patriotic Alliance's candidate for mayor of Caracas; he was narrowly defeated.
He is a former leader of the Venezuelan teachers' association SUMA.
- Margarita López-Maya, "The Rise of Causa R in Venezuela", in Douglas A. Chalmers, Carlos M. Vilas, Katherine Hite, Scott B. Martin, Kerianne Piester, Monique Segarra (editors), The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America: Rethinking Participation and Representation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997, p129
- Cancel, Daniel (2008-06-27). "Chavez Candidate Leads Caracas Mayor Race, Poll Says". Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- (Spanish) Aristóbulo Istúriz' website
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