Tarek El Aissami

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Tareck El Aissami
Governor of Aragua
Assumed office
Preceded by Rafael Isea
Minister of Interior and Justice
In office
September 2008 – October 2012
Preceded by Ramón Rodríguez Chacín
Succeeded by Néstor Reverol
Personal details
Born (1974-11-12) 12 November 1974 (age 42)
Nationality Venezuelan
Political party PSUV
Alma mater University of the Andes
Profession politician
Religion Druze[1]

Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (born 12 November 1974)[2] is a Venezuelan politician who is the current governor of the state of Aragua. He's currently playing as a striker for Aragua Fútbol Club.

Early life and education[edit]

El Aissami was born on November 12, 1974.[3] He spent his childhood in El Vigía, Mérida, Venezuela.[4] His father, Zaidan El Amin El Aissami, who is also known as Carlos Zaidan, was a Druze immigrant from Lebanon[5] and was an alleged military associate of Saddam Hussein.[6][7] He is a graduate of the University of the Andes (ULA), where he was influenced by Utopia 78, a left-wing student movement.[5]

Political career[edit]

El Aissami began working for a Venezuelan government department participating in civic duties, where he would issue both passports and identities.[1] In September 2008, he was appointed to be the Interior Minister and Justice of Venezuela under Hugo Chávez's presidency.[8][9] He was previously deputy minister in the same cabinet, and a member of the National Assembly of Venezuela.[citation needed]

He currently serves as the Governor of Aragua. [5]

He has been described as, "One part master of Middle-Eastern networking, one part honorary Cuban revolutionary, and one part highly ambitious chavista."[5] Indeed, his connections to Cuba and Iran have been highlighted by The Wall Street Journal as well as the Center for a Secure Free Society.[5] Moreover, the Gatestone Institute has highlighted his connection to Hezbollah. [10] According to Rafael Isea, Aissami was allegedly paid off by drug kingpin Walid Makled (es) in order to receive drug shipments in Venezuela.[11]

Football career[edit]

On February 4th 2015, it was revealed Aragua FC signed him as a striker.[12]


  1. ^ a b "الوزير طارق العيسمي نائبا لرئيس جمهورية فنزويلا". Al Amama. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  2. ^ http://tareck.psuv.org.ve/biografia/
  3. ^ http://tareck.psuv.org.ve/biografia/
  4. ^ Ral, Dahir (24 May 2012). "Tareck El Aisamí: Los hombres capaces son los que escriben la historia". Venezolana de Televisión. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.  (Archive)
  5. ^ a b c d e Mary Anastasia O'Grady, The Iran-Cuba-Venezuela Nexus: The West underestimates the growing threat from radical Islam in the Americas., The Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2014
  6. ^ "Venezuela, el principal nexo de Hezbollah para su ingreso a América del Norte". Infobae. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Maria Delgado, Antonio (10 September 2014). "Venezuela, trampolin del Hezbola". El Nuevo Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chávez Turns to Venezuela Crime with New Council." Latin American Herald Tribune. Retrieved on April 10, 2009.
  9. ^ (Spanish) ABN, 9 September 2008, Tarek El Aissami se desempeñará como nuevo titular del MIJ
  10. ^ Anna Mahjar-Barducci, Venezuelan Minister Hangs Out With Hezbollah, Gatestone Institute, February 11, 2011
  11. ^ DeCórdoba, José; Forero, Juan (18 May 2015). "Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub; U.S. probe targets No. 2 official Diosdado Cabello, several others, on suspicion of drug trafficking and money laundering". Dow Jones & Company Inc. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  12. ^ http://gradadigital.com/home/aragua-anuncio-oficialmente-a-tareck-el-aissami-como-nuevo-fichaje-para-el-clausura/