Jorge Alberto Arreaza Montserrat (Venezuelan Spanish pronunciation: [ˈhoɾhe alˈbeɾto 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. He is currently Minister of Foreign Affairs.
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Assumed office |
2 August 2017
|Preceded by||Samuel Moncada|
|Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology|
8 January 2016 – 4 January 2017
|Preceded by||Manuel Fernández Meléndez|
|Succeeded by||Hugbel Roa|
|Vice President of Venezuela|
19 April 2013 – 6 January 2016
Acting: 8 March 2013 – 19 April 2013
|Preceded by||Nicolás Maduro|
|Succeeded by||Aristóbulo Istúriz|
|Minister of Science and Technology|
27 November 2011 – 19 April 2013
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Manuel Fernández Meléndez|
Jorge Alberto Arreaza Montserrat
6 June 1973
|Political party||United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)|
|Spouse(s)||Rosa Virginia Chavez Colmenares|
Education and early careerEdit
Born in Caracas, Arreaza Montserrat 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, and as host of the television show Diálogo abierto.
Arreaza Montserrat was appointed Vice President of Venezuela and served from 2013 to 2016. 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. Throughout the final stages of Chavez's illness, Arreaza served as unofficial spokesman of the Chavez family.
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".[additional citation(s) needed]
On 15 April 2019, Canada announced that sanctions on 43 individuals were applied on 12 April based on the Special Economic Measures Act. The government statement said "the sanctions hit high ranking officials of the Maduro regime, regional governors, and people directly implicated in activities undermining democratic institutions". Foreign Minister Freeland stated, "The Maduro dictatorship must be held accountable for this crisis and depriving Venezuelans of their most basic rights and needs. Canada is committed to supporting the peaceful restoration of constitutional democracy in Venezuela." The newly sanctioned Venezuelans included Arreaza.
- Noticias 24 Venezuela (8 March 2013). "Perfil de Jorge Arreaza, designado nuevo Vicepresidente de la República (Profile of Jorge Arreaza, appointed new Vice President)". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- Lozano, Daniel; James G. Garcia. "Jorge Arreaza: Yerno de Chávez y hombre emergente en el chavismo". Univision.com. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- Boon, Lisseth (12 July 2011). "Cinco cosas que no sabía sobre el ministro Jorge Arreaza (Five things you did not know about the minister Jorge Arreaza)". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- Arreaza insists that the Venezuelan armed forces are pro-Chávez (Notitarde, in Spanish)[dead link]
- "Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Venezuela) Regulations". Government of Canada. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- "Canada expands Venezuela sanctions, adds 43 people close to Maduro". CBC Canada. Thomson Reuters. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.