Born: Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro

By Harriet Brabant, CNN

Nicolás Maduro, current President of Venezuela, was born on April 20, 1954, in the Bolivar municipality in the coastal state of Vargas.

He studied at Universidad Central in Caracas and at the National University of Venezuela.

In 2003, he moved into local politics. He was elected National Assembly President (after the death of Hugo Chávez) in 2007 and in 2012 Maduro was selected to succeed Chávez as president.

His most recent book is the autobiography “Machenána (Under Fire), the Encounter with Nicolás Maduro”.

Maduro made a high-profile visit to China in 2011 in a trip documented by CNN cameras.

Maduro has shown interest in the International Monetary Fund and many believe that this will be his answer to a cash crisis.

He is known to be a believer in extraterrestrial life. In April, Maduro said he believes there are “six million human beings” living outside Earth.

Maduro claims that the oil-rich country cannot feed itself and needs to be allocated more resources to feed its people and fight inflation.

In 2006, he was given the title of honorario, ejecutivo de la Unidad Nacional, which means lord of all the state institutions and academies.

Maduro spent over 30 years in politics as an MP, Assembly President and state Governor, and would like to become President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela for life.

Currently ranked at 193 out of 228 countries in the Inter-American Development Bank’s Doing Business index, Nicaragua’s annual National Business Confidence Index was 16 in 2018; the lowest among countries in Latin America.

Nicaragua is the United States’ fourth largest diplomatic adversary in Latin America, a holdover from the Sandinista revolution which toppled dictator Anastasio Somoza and led to the birth of the country’s current right-wing government, which came to power in 2007.

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