Tarek Saab

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Tarek William Saab
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President of the Republican Moral Council of Venezuela
Assumed office
Preceded by Gabriela Ramírez
Assumed office
Governor of Anzoátegui
In office
Preceded by David De Lima (MVR)
Succeeded by Aristóbulo Istúriz (PSUV)
Member of the National Assembly
In office
30 July 2000 – 31 October 2004
Member of the National Constituent Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born (1962-09-10) 10 September 1962 (age 53)
El Tigre, Anzoátegui, Venezuela
Political party Fifth Republic Movement (before 2007)
United Socialist Party (2007–2014)
Independent (2014–present)
Profession Politician, lawyer, author
This article is about the Venezuelan politician, see The Apprentice (U.S. season 5) for the Apprentice candidate Tarek Saab.

Tarek William Saab (born 10 September 1962) is a Venezuelan politician, lawyer and poet. He is a prominent Latin-Arab human rights activist[1] and a leader of the Fifth Republic Movement (MVR) party founded by Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela, who publicly called him "The Revolution's Poet". He was the Governor of Anzoátegui from 2004-12. A member since 2013 of the Committe for Justice and Truth. In December 2014, he was elected "People's Defender", or Ombudsman, by the National Assembly for 2014-2021. Saab was appointed as President of the Republican Moral Council of Venezuela by the People's Power for 2015. He is the father of 3 children.[citation needed]


The son of Lebanese Arab immigrants, Saab was born in El Tigre, Anzoátegui, Venezuela. He studied criminal law at the Universidad Santa María and human rights law at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.[citation needed]


Saab was a member of the Constitutional Assembly that drafted in 1999 the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. In 2000, he was elected a member of the Venezuelan National Assembly.[citation needed]

During the coup d'état of April 2002, Saab was imprisoned by security forces after a crowd of coupists had gathered around Saab's home, threatening him and his family. He was held incommunicado for several hours.[2]

While Saab was head of the foreign policy commission of Venezuela's National Assembly in 2002, he was refused an entry visa to the United States. Reuters reported that Saab told local television he had been denied the visa because a U.S. State Department report "identified him as 'an individual linked to international subversion'." According to Venezuela's El Universal, Saab gave a press conference, in which he referred to published information that he had been denied the visa as a consequence of his ties with international terrorist organizations. Saab denied that he was associated with international terrorism or subversive groups.[3]

Governor of Anzoátegui[edit]

Anzoátegui State Governor Election, 2004 Results
Source: CNE data
Candidates Votes  %
Tarek W. Saab 187209 57%
Antonio Barreto 138120 42%

Saab was elected Governor of Anzoátegui in the Venezuelan regional elections, 2004, and re-elected in 2008.

In 2005 Saab was accused by critics within his own party (MVR) of participating in electoral fraud in the primary elections for 2005 local elections.[4] His predecessor as governor of Anzoátegui, David de Lima, accused Saab of using his position for political persecution,[5][6] after Saab's wife accused De Lima of mismanagement.[7][8]


Saab was elected to the post of ombudsman (Defensor del Pueblo) in 2014 by the parliament, for a term of 7 years, with opposition considering the election unlawful for procedural grounds despite the opinion of the Supreme Court.[9]


Saab has written numerous publications, including Los ríos de la Ira (1987), El Hacha de los Santos (1992), Príncipe de Lluvia y Duelo (1992), Al Fatah (México, 1994), Angel Caído Angel (1998), Cielo a Media Asta (2003), Cuando Pasen las Carretas (2003), Poemas selectos (Colombia, 2005), Los niños del infortunio (Cuba, 2006. China, 2007), Memorias de Gulan Rubani (Caracas, 2007). Un paisaje boreal (Valencia, 2008. Caracas, 2009).[1]


  1. ^ a b Tarek William Saab profile, analitica.com; accessed 7 July 2015.
  2. ^ Tarek Saab detained by security forces, state.gov; accessed 8 July 2015.
  3. ^ Nacional y Política, eluniversal.com; accessed 8 July 2015.
  4. ^ El Universal, "Chávez' MVR members report electoral fraud", eluniversal.com; 19 April 2005.
  5. ^ Daily News, eluniversal.com, 10 October 2005.
  6. ^ Daily News, eluniversal.com. 11 October 2005.
  7. ^ El Tiempo - El Periódico del Pueblo Oriental, eltiempo.com.ve; accessed 7 July 2015.
  8. ^ TSJ Regiones - Decisión, vargas.tsj.gov.ve, February 2005.
  9. ^ Venezuelan Parliament Renews Public Powers, Opposition Issue Reversal Warning, venezuelanalysis.com; accessed 7 July 2015.

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