Tarek El Aissami

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Tareck El Aissami
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Governor of Aragua
Assumed office
Preceded by Rafael Isea
Minister of Interior and Justice
In office
September 2008 – October 2012
Preceded by Ramón Rodríguez Chacín
Succeeded by Néstor Reverol
Personal details
Born (1974-11-12)12 November 1974
Mount Druze, Syria
Nationality Venezuelan
Political party PSUV
Alma mater University of the Andes
Profession politician
Religion Druze[1]

Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (born 1974)[2] is a Venezuelan politician and footballer who is the current governor of the state of Aragua. He's currently playing as a striker for Aragua Fútbol Club.

Early life and education[edit]

El Aissami was born on November 12, 1974 near Mount Druze, Syria.[1] He spent his childhood in El Vigía, Mérida, Venezuela.[3] His father, Zaidan El Amin El Aissami, who is also known as Carlos Zaidan, was a Druze immigrant from Lebanon[4] and was an alleged military associate of Saddam Hussein.[5][6] He is a graduate of the University of the Andes (ULA), where he was influenced by Utopia 78, a left-wing student movement.[4]

Political career[edit]

El Aissami began working for a Venezuelan government department participating in civic duties, where he would issue both passports and identities.[1] In September 2008, he was appointed to be the Interior Minister and Justice of Venezuela under Hugo Chávez's presidency.[7][8] He was previously deputy minister in the same cabinet, and a member of the National Assembly of Venezuela.[citation needed]

He currently serves as the Governor of Aragua. [4]

He has been described as, "One part master of Middle-Eastern networking, one part honorary Cuban revolutionary, and one part highly ambitious chavista."[4] Indeed, his connections to Cuba and Iran have been highlighted by The Wall Street Journal as well as the Center for a Secure Free Society.[4] Moreover, the Gatestone Institute has highlighted his connection to Hezbollah. [9]

On February 4th 2015, it was revealed Aragua FC signed him as a striker.[10]