Henry Rangel Silva
|Minister of Defense|
January 2012 – October 2012
|Preceded by||Carlos José Mata Figueroa|
|Succeeded by||Diego Alfredo Molero Bellavia|
|Governor of Trujillo|
|Preceded by||Hugo Cabezas|
|Political party||United Socialist Party of Venezuela|
Henry de Jesús Rangel Silva (born in 1961) is the current governor of Trujillo, Venezuela. A military general and former Minister of Defense, Rangel Silva was previously the head of Operational Strategic Command of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, head of the DISIP (from 2005) and Director of CANTV (from 2009). Rangel Silva took part in the coup attempt of February 1992 together with Hugo Chávez.
In November 2010, Rangel Silva declared that the military forces are "married to the political, socialist project" led by Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. Then he added that the arrival of a government different from Chávez would be unacceptable:
The hypothesis (of an opposition government) is difficult, it would mean to sell of the country, people won't accept that, the Armed Forces won't and the people less.
In October 2012, Rangel Silva was chosen as the PSUV's candidate in Trujillo state after the then-current governor, Hugo Cabezas, announced he would not seek re-election. In December, he was elected governor of Trujillo state by 82.30% of the vote, in Venezuela's regional elections of 2012.
- (in Spanish) noticias24.com, 17 January 2012, Perfil: Henry Rangel Silva, el nuevo ministro de la Defensa
- Military Forces 'married' to Hugo Chávez's socialist project
- Bloomberg, 12 November 2010, Chávez promotes Venezuelan general criticized for threat against opposition
- "Chávez le da un espaldarazo a Rangel Silva: Lo asciende a General en Jefe" (in Spanish). Noticias24.com (November 11, 2010). Retrieved on October 11, 2013.
- Venezuelanalysis.com, 29 October 2012, Venezuela’s PSUV Switches Candidate for Trujillo State Governor to “Preserve the Revolution”
- 'REGIONAL RELEASE 2012" (in Spanish). National Electoral Council (December 16, 2012). Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- "En todas las parroquias de Trujillo arrasó Henry Rangel Silva" (in Spanish). Noticias24 (December 18, 2012). Retrieved October 11, 2013.