Aristóbulo Istúriz

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Istúriz and the second or maternal family name is Almeida.
Aristóbulo Istúriz
Aristóbulo Istúriz 1999.jpg
Vice President of Venezuela
In office
6 January 2016 – 4 January 2017
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Jorge Arreaza
Succeeded by Tareck El Aissami
Personal details
Born Aristóbulo Istúriz Almeida
(1946-12-20) 20 December 1946 (age 70)
Curiepe, Miranda
Political party United Socialist Party
Alma mater Central University
of Venezuela
Religion Roman Catholicism

Aristóbulo Istúriz Almeida (born 20 December 1946) is a Venezuelan politician and academic who was Vice President of Venezuela from January 2016 to January 2017.

Life and career[edit]

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.[1] He was elected as Mayor of the Libertador Municipality of Caracas on December 6, 1992, serving in that post 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 television show Blanco y Negro.

In 1997, together with some other ex-Radical Cause members, he co-founded 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's government. In 2008 Istúriz was the pro-Chávez Patriotic Alliance's candidate for Mayor of Caracas;[2] he was narrowly defeated.

He was leader of the Venezuelan teachers' association SUMA for a time.[1]

In the 2012 regional elections, he was elected Governor of Anzoátegui.

On 6 January 2016, President Nicolas Maduro appointed Isturiz as Vice President of Venezuela.[3] He remained in office for one year, until Tareck El Aissami was appointed to succeed him on 4 January 2017.[4]


  1. ^ a b 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
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Maduro appoints Aristóbulo Istúriz as new Vice-President". El Universal. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Venezuela names economy czar, oil minister in cabinet shuffle", Reuters, 4 January 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Claudio Fermín
Mayor of Libertador Municipality
Succeeded by
Antonio Ledezma
New office Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Adán Chávez
Preceded by
Tarek Saab
Governor of Anzoátegui
Succeeded by
Nelson Moreno
Preceded by
Jorge Arreaza
Vice President of Venezuela
Succeeded by
Tareck El Aissami