Ramón Carrizales

Ramón Alonso Carrizales Rengifo (born 8 November 1952) is a Venezuelan politician who was Vice President of Venezuela from January 2008 to January 2010. Carrizales was a Colonel of the Venezuelan Armed Forces (retired in 1994) and was educated at the Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences, where he graduated in 1974.

Ramón Carrizales
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Governor of Apure
Assumed office
10 February 2011
Preceded byJesús Aguilarte
Minister of Infrastructure
In office
2004 – 2 July 2006
Preceded byDiosdado Cabello
Succeeded byJosé David Cabello
23rd Vice President of Venezuela
In office
3 January 2008 – 25 January 2010
Preceded byJorge Rodríguez
Succeeded byElías Jaua
Minister of Defense
In office
4 March 2009 – 25 January 2010
Preceded byGustavo Rangel Briceño
Succeeded byCarlos Mata Figueroa
Personal details
Born (1952-11-08) 8 November 1952 (age 68)
Zaraza, Guarico, Venezuela
Political partyUnited Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)

He was appointed Vice President by President Hugo Chávez in January 2008 after previously serving as chair of the Fondo Nacional de Transporte Urbano (Fontur) from 2000 to 2004, Infrastructure Minister 2004 to 2006, and Housing Minister from 2007 to 2008.[1] In 2009, Chavez appointed Carrizales to also serve as the Minister of Defense.[2]

On 25 January 2010, Carrizalez resigned as both Defense Minister and Vice President for personal reasons.[3]


On 25 February 2019, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury placed sanctions in effect against Carrizales and governors of 3 other Venezuelan states for alleged involvement in corruption and in blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid.[4]

Carrizales was sanctioned by the Canadian government on 15 April 2019 under the Special Economic Measures Act.[5] 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 Chrystia 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."[6]


  1. ^ "Chavez reshuffles cabinet". Financial Times. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  2. ^ "Venezuela's vice president resigns". The Irish Times. 1 January 2010.
  3. ^ "UPDATE 1-Venezuelan vice president, defense min resigns". Reuters. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  4. ^ "Treasury Sanctions Governors of Venezuelan States Aligned with Maduro". Office of Foreign Assets Control. United States Department of the Treasury. 25 February 2019. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Venezuela) Regulations". Government of Canada. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Canada expands Venezuela sanctions, adds 43 people close to Maduro". CBC Canada. Thomson Reuters. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jorge Rodríguez
Vice President of Venezuela
Succeeded by
Elías Jaua