Adán Chávez

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Adán Chávez Frías
Adán Chávez en 2012.jpg
Governor of Barinas
In office
Preceded by Hugo de los Reyes Chávez
Succeeded by Zenaida Gallardo
Minister of Education
In office
Preceded by Aristóbulo Istúriz
Succeeded by Héctor Navarro
Personal details
Born (1953-04-11) April 11, 1953 (age 65)
Sabaneta, Barinas, Venezuela
Political party United Socialist Party of Venezuela
Relations Hugo de los Reyes Chávez (father)
Elena Frías de Chávez (mother)
Hugo Chávez (brother)

Adán Chávez Frías (born April 11, 1953) is Venezuelan politician who was Governor of Barinas state from 2008 to 2017. Previously he was Ambassador to Cuba and then Minister of Education from 2007 to 2008. He is the elder brother of Hugo Chávez, who was President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013, and of the Mayor of Sabaneta, Barinas, Anibal José Chávez Frías. He has been described as an ultra-leftist.[1]

Guerilla affiliations[edit]

Adán studied at the University of the Andes where he was involved with pro-guerrilla groups prior to the election of his brother Hugo into the presidency.[2]

Political career[edit]

After Hugo was elected as President, he appointed Adán as Ambassador to Cuba. In August 2006, Adán became Presidential Secretary, replacing Delcy Rodríguez, who reportedly disagreed with Hugo Chávez during his international tour. The Charlotte Observer reported that the author of several books on Chávez, Alberto Garrido, argued: "A much more hard-line phase [of Chávez rule] is beginning and Chávez needs a reliable and radical team around him." In January 2007, Hugo appointed Adán as Minister of Education.[3] In 2008, he was elected as Governor of Barinas as the United Socialist Party of Venezuela candidate, replacing his father Hugo de los Reyes Chávez.[4]


On 9 August 2017, the United States Department of the Treasury placed sanctions on Chávez for his position in the Presidential Commission in the 2017 Constituent Assembly of Venezuela.[5]

The Government of Canada also sanctioned Chávez as being someone who participated in "significant acts of corruption or who have been involved in serious violations of human rights".[6][7]

On 29 March 2018, Chávez was sanctioned by the Panamanian government for his alleged involvement with "money laundering, financing of terrorism and financing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction".[8]


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Preceded by
Hugo de los Reyes Chávez
Governor of Barinas
Succeeded by
Zenaida Gallardo
Preceded by
Aristóbulo Istúriz
Minister of Education of Venezuela
Succeeded by
Hector Navarro