Carlos Alfredo Vecchio DeMari (b. 6 June 1969) is a Venezuelan lawyer, politician and social activist, named by Juan Guaidó in January 2019 during the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis—and accepted by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—as Chargé d'Affaires of the Government of Venezuela to the United States.
Early life and educationEdit
Vecchio was born on 6 June 1969 in Caripe, Monagas state, Venezuela, the youngest of three children, to Maria Teresa Demari de Vecchio, a teacher, and Rafael Vecchio, a political activist and three-term council person for Caripe. He moved to Caracas in 1987, studied at the Central University of Venezuela, and did postgraduate studies in law at Georgetown University and public administration at Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright scholar at the Kennedy School of Government.
Vecchio helped found the Popular Will (Spanish: Voluntad Popular) political party with Leopoldo López. With López imprisoned by the Venezuelan government, Vecchio was serving as leader of the party, when he was charged with incitement to violence. He went into hiding, and later sought exile in the US.
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