Jorge Arreaza

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Jorge Arreaza
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Vice President of Venezuela
Assumed office
19 April 2013
Interim: 9 March – 19 April 2013
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Nicolás Maduro
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 42)
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 in 2013.[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]