Jorge Arreaza

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Jorge Arreaza
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Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology
Assumed office
8 January 2016
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Manuel Fernández Meléndez
Vice President of Venezuela
In office
19 April 2013 – 6 January 2016
Acting: 8 March 2013 – 19 April 2013
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Nicolás Maduro
Succeeded by Aristóbulo Istúriz
Minister of Science and Technology
In office
27 November 2011 – 19 April 2013
President Hugo Chávez
Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Manuel Fernández Meléndez
Personal details
Born Jorge Alberto Arreaza Monserrat
(1973-06-06) 6 June 1973 (age 43)
Nationality Venezuelan
Political party United Socialist Party of Venezuela
Spouse(s) Rosa Virginia Chavez Colmenares
Religion Roman Catholicism

Jorge Alberto Arreaza Monserrat (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxorxe alˈberto areˈasa monseˈra(t)]) (born 6 June 1973) is a Venezuelan politician who has held several important positions in the administration of President Hugo Chávez and his successor Nicolás Maduro. Arreaza was appointed Vice President of Venezuela and served from 2013 to 2016.[1] He previously served as Minister of Science and Technology from 2011 to 2013. He became Chavez's son-in-law in 2007, after marrying Chavez's eldest daughter, Rosa Virginia.[2] Throughout the final stages of Chavez's illness, Arreaza served as unofficial spokesman of the Chavez family.[3]

Education and early career[edit]

Born in Caracas, Jorge Arreaza received a degree in international studies from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and was awarded a scholarship by the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Foundation during the 1990s, which allowed him to earn a master's degree in European Policy Studies at University of Cambridge, England. At UCV, he also worked as a journalist and university teacher, in addition to working as an announcer and interviewer on several public television venues in Venezuela,[2] and as host of the television show Diálogo abierto.[3]

Arreaza has dismissed the opposition criticisms that the government is using the army to promote an ideology, which is against the 1999 constitution, saying "the military are Chávez-militants who will guarantee the socialist model in Venezuela".[4]