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Nicolás Maduro

53rd President of Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro Moros (born 23 November 1962) is a Venezuelan politician who has been the interim President of Venezuela since 2013. He previously was the Vice President of Venezuela and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Maduro became interim President following the death of Hugo Chávez.

Nicolás Maduro
Maduro en el Congreso peruano.jpg
President of Venezuela
Assumed office
19 April 2013
Interim: 5 March – 19 April 2013
Vice PresidentJorge Arreaza
Preceded byHugo Chávez
Vice President of Venezuela
In office
13 October 2012 – 5 March 2013
PresidentHugo Chávez
Preceded byElías Jaua
Succeeded byJorge Arreaza
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
9 August 2006 – 15 January 2013
PresidentHugo Chávez
Preceded byAlí Rodríguez Araque
Succeeded byElías Jaua
President of the National Assembly
In office
January 2005 – 7 August 2006
Preceded byFrancisco Ameliach
Succeeded byCilia Flores
Member of the National Assembly
In office
August 2000 – 7 August 2006
Member of the National Constituent Assembly
In office
August 1999 – August 2000
Personal details
BornNicolás Maduro Moros
(1962-11-23) 23 November 1962 (age 55)
Caracas, Venezuela
Political partyFifth Republic Movement (before 2007)
United Socialist Party (2007–present)
Spouse(s)Cilia Flores
ReligionRoman Catholicism

On 14 April 2013, Maduro was elected President of Venezuela, narrowly defeating Henrique Capriles, with 1.5% of the vote separating the two candidates. Capriles demanded a recount, refusing to recognize the outcome as valid.[1]

Maduro was born on 23 November 1962 in Caracas, Venezuela. Maduro was raised as a Roman Catholic, and his paternal family ancestry is of Sephardic Jewish origin.[2] He is married to Cilia Flores. Before Maduro became a politician, he was a bus driver in Caracas.

In 2013, Maduro denied rumors of homophobia. He stated that if he were gay he would "shout it to the four winds". He said that "I would have no problem loving whoever I had to love with my heart". He also stated that the Chávez government had supported LGBT rights starting from 14 years ago, promoting inclusion and non-discrimination.[3][4]

In March 2016, Maduro endorsed United States senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.[5]

In January 2017 Maduro endorsed the murder of Venezuelan dissident Óscar Pérez in the so called Raid in El Junquito[6]. The international media and some politicians & citizens all over the world defined what has happened in El Junquito as a «massacre»» and did harsh critics to Maduro & his government.


  1. Shoichet, Catherine (15 April 2013). "Chavez's Political Heir Declared Winner; Opponent Demands Recount". CNN. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  2. 6to Poder (30 March 2013). "Nicolás Maduro: 'Yo soy hijo de Chávez, pero no soy Chávez' (Vídeo)". Noticias Venezuela. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  3. "'Macho' Maduro's perceived gay slur stirs Venezuela – World Updates". The Star Online. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  4. "Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela Interim President, Responds to 'Anti-Gay' Allegations". Huffington Post. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  5. von Bergen, Frank (10 March 2016). "Venezuela's socialist president praises Bernie Sanders' 'revolutionary' message". Fox News Latino. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  6. BBC: Oscar Perez killed in El Junquito raid

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