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
Disputed since 23 January 2019
PresidentNicolás Maduro
Preceded byTareck El Aissami
President of the Constituent Assembly
In office
4 August 2017 – 14 June 2018
PresidentNicolás Maduro
Preceded byLuis Miquilena (1999)
Succeeded byDiosdado Cabello
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
26 December 2014 – 21 June 2017
PresidentNicolás Maduro
Preceded byRafael Ramírez
Succeeded bySamuel Moncada
Minister of Popular Power for Communication and Information
In office
3 August 2013 – 13 October 2014
PresidentNicolás Maduro
Preceded byErnesto Villegas
Succeeded byJacqueline Faria
Personal details
Delcy Eloína Rodríguez Gómez

(1969-05-18) 18 May 1969 (age 51)
Caracas, Venezuela
Political partyUnited Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) (until 2018)
Movement We Are Venezuela (MSV) (from 2018)
RelativesJorge Rodríguez (brother)

Delcy Eloína Rodríguez Gómez (born 18 May 1969) is a Venezuelan politician who has been Vice President of Venezuela since 14 June 2018, with her constitutional position under dispute since 2019.[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 Constituent Assembly of Venezuela from 4 August 2017 to 14 June 2018. She is the target of multiple international sanctions.[5][6][7][8]


Rodríguez is the daughter of Jorge Antonio Rodríguez [es]—who was the founder of the Socialist League—and Delcy Gómez. She has a brother, Jorge Jesús Rodríguez, who served as Mayor of Caracas, and also served as vice president.

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.[9] 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.[10] According to a profile 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

Vice President of Venezuela[edit]

On 14 June 2018, President Maduro named Rodríguez to be Vice President of Venezuela, succeeding Tareck El Aissami.[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.[14]


Rodríguez has been sanctioned by several countries and is banned from entering neighboring Colombia. The Colombian government maintains a list of people banned from entering Colombia or subject to expulsion; as of January 2019, the list had 200 people with a "close relationship and support for the Nicolás Maduro regime".[15][16]

On 22 September 2017, Canada sanctioned Rodríguez due to rupture of Venezuela's constitutional order.[5][6]

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."[7]

The Mexican Senate froze the assets of officials of the Maduro administration, including Delcy Rodríguez, and prohibited them from entering Mexico on 20 April 2018.[17][18]

Switzerland sanctioned Rodríguez on 10 July 2018, freezing her assets and imposing a travel ban while citing the same reasons of the European Union.[19][20][21]

The United States sanctioned Rodríguez on 25 September 2018 for "corruption and humanitarian issues."[8]

Meeting in Spain[edit]

In January 2020, despite the entry ban imposed by the European Union since 2018, Rodríguez met in the guest area of the Madrid–Barajas Airport with Spain's minister José Luis Ábalos from the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE).[22]

Personal life[edit]

Rodríguez was in a relationship with Smartmatic co-founder Alfredo José Anzola prior to his death in a plane crash in April 2008.[23][24]

See also[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. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. 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. ^ a b "Venezuela sanctions". Government of Canada. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Canada sanctions 40 Venezuelans with links to political, economic crisis". The Globe and Mail. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b "European Union hits 11 more Venezuelans with sanctions". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  8. ^ a b "U.S. targets Venezuelans with new sanctions for corruption". UPI. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  9. ^ "Villegas celebra designación de Delcy Rodríguez como ministra". El Universal. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Perfil de Delcy Rodríguez: Ministra de Comunicación e Información". Noticia Al Dia. 4 August 2013. Archived from the original on 6 August 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  11. ^ Poderopedia, Equipo. "Delcy Rodríguez". Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  12. ^ "Kerry launches talks with Venezuela but backs disputed referendum". Reuters. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "Con su nuevo cargo, Delcy Rodríguez será la responsable del Sebin". La Patilla (in Spanish). 14 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Maduro encabeza lista de 200 venezolanos que no pueden entrar al país" [Maduro tops list of 200 Venezuelans who can not enter the country]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). 30 January 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Primera parte de lista de colaboradores de Maduro que no pueden ingresar a Colombia" [First part of list of Maduro collaborators who can not enter Colombia] (in Spanish). RCN Radio. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  17. ^ "México rechaza elecciones en Venezuela y sanciona a siete funcionarios". Sumarium group (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 April 2018.[permanent dead link] Also at VPITV
  18. ^ Sumarium (2018-04-21). "México rechaza elecciones en Venezuela y sanciona a siete funcionarios …". @sumariumcom (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-05-25. External link in |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Switzerland Sanctions 11 More Venezuelans, including Delcy Rodriguez, El Aissami, Chourio". Latin American Herald Tribune. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Sanctions suisses contre la vice-présidente du Venezuela" [Swiss sanctions against the vice president of Venezuela] (in French). Swiss Broadcasting Company. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Sanctions suisses contre la vice-présidente du Venezuela". Government of Switzerland (in French). Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  22. ^ "Spain-Venezuela encounter by tarmac unleashes speculation". AP NEWS. 2020-01-23. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  23. ^ "Smartmatic, la polémica empresa de cómputos electorales que creció en Venezuela y llegó a la Argentina". iProfesional. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.[dead link]
  24. ^ "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
Succeeded by
Samuel Moncada
Title last held by
Luis Miquilena (1999)
President of the
Constituent Assembly of Venezuela

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