Delcy Rodríguez

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Delcy Rodríguez
Delcy Rodriguez June 2016 (27571633682) (cropped).jpg
29th Vice President of Venezuela
Assumed office
14 June 2018
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Tareck El Aissami
President of the Constituent Assembly
In office
4 August 2017 – 14 June 2018
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Luis Miquilena (1999)
Succeeded by Diosdado Cabello
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
26 December 2014 – 21 June 2017
Preceded by Rafael Ramírez
Succeeded by Samuel Moncada
Minister of Popular Power for Communication and Information
In office
3 August 2013 – 13 October 2014
Preceded by Ernesto Villegas
Succeeded by Jacqueline Faria
Personal details
Born Delcy Eloína Rodríguez Gómez
(1969-05-18) 18 May 1969 (age 49)
Caracas, Venezuela
Nationality Venezuelan
Political party United Socialist Party of Venezuela then MSV

Delcy Eloína Rodríguez Gómez (born 18 May 1969) is a Venezuelan politician who has been Vice President of Venezuela since 14 June 2018.[1][2] She was also Minister of Popular Power for Communication and Information of Venezuela from 2013[3] to 2014, Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2014 to 2017[4] and President of the Constitutional Assembly of Venezuela from 4 August 2017 to 14 June 2018.

Biography[edit]

Rodríguez is the daughter of Jorge Antonio Rodríguez—who was the founder of the leftist party Socialist League—and Delcy Gómez. She has a brother, Jorge Jesús Rodríguez, who is currently the mayor of Caracas.

Political career[edit]

She held several posts during the course of the Chavez administration: as International Affairs Director in the Ministry of Energy and Mines, in 2003; as Vice-minister for European Affairs in 2005; serving from February–August 2006 as the Minister for Presidential Affairs and the following year as General Coordinator to the Vice-President of Venezuela, both of which roles she held while her brother occupied the office of Vice President of the Republic. She was the Minister for Presidential Affairs in 2006.[5] Similarly, she was Vice Minister for Europe at the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Relations. She also served as the General Coordinator to the Vice President of Venezuela.[6] According to a profille published in the daily Tal Cual, Rodriguez pursued a concentration in labor law in Paris, France, taught at UCV and was a member of the Venezuelan Association of Labor Lawyers.[7]

Since 2016 Rodriguez has been an outspoken defender of Venezuelan government domestic actions in the face of calls from Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, to suspend Venezuelan membership in the organization for violating the OAS Democratic Charter.[8] On 21 June 2017, Rodriguez left her post to run for the Constituent National Assembly. President Maduro accepted her resignation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[4] She was succeeded by Samuel Moncada.[9]

Vice President of Venezuela[edit]

On 14 June 2018, President Maduro named Rodríguez to be Vice President of Venezuela.[1] She also became the head official of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN), Venezuela's intelligence agency, as it is dependent on the office of the vice presidency.[10]

Controversy[edit]

Sanctions[edit]

Canada[edit]

On 22 September 2017, Canada sanctioned Rodríguez due to rupture of Venezuela's constitutional order.[11][12]

European Union[edit]

Shortly after being named Vice President of Venezuela, Rodríguez was one of eleven officials sanctioned by the European Union on 25 June 2018, with her assets frozen and a travel ban issued against her after she "undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela".[13]

Switzerland[edit]

Switzerland sanctioned Rodríguez on 10 July 2018, freezing her assets and imposing a travel ban while citing the same reasons of the European Union.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Rodríguez was in a relationship with Smartmatic co-founder Alfredo José Anzola Jaumotte prior to his death in April 2008.[15][16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "¡Entérate! Nicolás Maduro anuncia cambio de gabinete vía Twitter". La Patilla (in Spanish). 2018-06-14. Retrieved 2018-06-15. 
  2. ^ CIA World Factbook. "The World Factbook-Central Intelligence Agency". Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Nueva ministra de comunicaciones es la hermana de Jorge Rodríguez". El Nacional. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "¡Se acabó el berrinche! Delcy Eloína sale de la cancillería". La Patilla (in Spanish). 21 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Villegas celebra designación de Delcy Rodríguez como ministra". El Universal. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Perfil de Delcy Rodríguez: Ministra de Comunicación e Información". Noticia Al Dia. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Poderopedia, Equipo. "Delcy Rodríguez". poderopedia.org. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  8. ^ "Kerry launches talks with Venezuela but backs disputed referendum". Reuters. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  9. ^ "Venezuela's 'Tiger' Foreign Minister Rodriguez Quits". Voice of America. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017. Historian and deputy foreign minister Samuel Moncada will replace her, President Nicolas Maduro said, announcing the diplomatic shake-up in a speech on state TV. 
  10. ^ "Con su nuevo cargo, Delcy Rodríguez será la responsable del Sebin". La Patilla] (in Spanish). 14 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "Venezuela sanctions". Government of Canada. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "Canada sanctions 40 Venezuelans with links to political, economic crisis". The Globe and Mail. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "European Union hits 11 more Venezuelans with sanctions". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2018-07-10. 
  14. ^ "Sanctions suisses contre la vice-présidente du Venezuela". Government of Switzerland (in French). Retrieved 2018-07-10. 
  15. ^ "Smartmatic, la polémica empresa de cómputos electorales que creció en Venezuela y llegó a la Argentina". iProfesional. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "El mega guiso de los hermanitos Rodríguez con Smartmatic". El Político (in Spanish). 2 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rafael Ramírez
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2014-2017
Succeeded by
Samuel Moncada
Vacant
Title last held by
Luis Miquilena (1999)
President of the
Constituent Assembly of Venezuela

2017-2018
Succeeded by
Diosdado Cabello
Preceded by
Tareck El Aissami
Vice President of Venezuela
2018-present
Incumbent
Assembly seats
New office Member of the Constituent Assembly of Venezuela for the municipality of Libertador, Caracas
Since 2017
Incumbent