Aristóbulo Istúriz

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Aristobulo Isturiz)
Jump to: navigation, search
Aristóbulo Istúriz
Aristóbulo Istúriz 1999.jpg
Vice-President of the Constituent Assembly
In office
4 August 2017 – 17 August 2017
President Delcy Rodríguez
Succeeded by Elvis Amoroso[1]
Vice President of Venezuela
In office
6 January 2016 – 4 January 2017
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Jorge Arreaza
Succeeded by Tareck El Aissami
Governor of Anzoátegui
In office
Preceded by Tarek Saab
Succeeded by Nelson Moreno
Personal details
Born Aristóbulo Istúriz Almeida
(1946-12-20) 20 December 1946 (age 71)
Curiepe, Miranda
Political party United Socialist Party
Alma mater Central University
of Venezuela

Aristóbulo Istúriz Almeida (born 20 December 1946) is a Venezuelan politician and academic who has been Vice President of the Constitutional Assembly of Venezuela since 4 August 2017; he was also 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.[2] 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;[3] he was narrowly defeated.

He was leader of the Venezuelan teachers' association SUMA for a time.[2]

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.[4] He remained in office for one year, until Tareck El Aissami was appointed to succeed him on 4 January 2017.[5]



On 22 September 2017, Canada sanctioned Isturiz due to rupture of Venezuela's constitutional order.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Elvis Amoroso designado como primer vicepresidente de la ANC". Ultimas Noticias (in Spanish). 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Maduro appoints Aristóbulo Istúriz as new Vice-President". El Universal. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Venezuela names economy czar, oil minister in cabinet shuffle", Reuters, 4 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Venezuela sanctions". Government of Canada. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Canada sanctions 40 Venezuelans with links to political, economic crisis". The Globe and Mail. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 

External links[edit]

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

Since 2017
Assembly seats
New office Member of the Constituent Assembly of Venezuela for the municipality of Simón Bolívar, Anzoátegui
Since 2017