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Delcy Rodríguez
Delcy Rodriguez June 2016 (27571633682) (cropped).jpg
Rodríguez in June 2016
Vice President of Venezuela
Assumed office
14 June 2018
Disputed between 10 January 2019
and 5 January 2023
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Tareck El Aissami
President of the Constituent Assembly
In office
4 August 2017 – 14 June 2018
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Luis Miquilena (1999)
Succeeded by Diosdado Cabello
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
26 December 2014 – 21 June 2017
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Rafael Ramírez
Succeeded by Samuel Moncada
Minister of Popular Power for Communication and Information
In office
3 August 2013 – 13 October 2014
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Ernesto Villegas
Succeeded by Jacqueline Faria
Personal details
Delcy Eloína Rodríguez Gómez

(1969-05-18) 18 May 1969 (age 54)
Caracas, Venezuela
Political party United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) (until 2018)
Movement We Are Venezuela (MSV) (from 2018)
Domestic partner Alfredo José Anzola (?-2008; his death)
Relatives Jorge Rodríguez (brother)

Delcy Eloína Rodríguez Gómez (born 18 May 1969) is a Venezuelan politician serving as the vice president of Venezuela since 2018. She was also Minister of Popular Power for Communication and Information of Venezuela from 2013 to 2014, Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2014 to 2017 and President of the Constituent Assembly of Venezuela from 4 August 2017 to 14 June 2018. The European Union, the United States and Canada have placed sanctions on her.

Political career

Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands With Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rodriguez Before Their Meeting in Santo Domingo (27571633682)
Rodriguez shaking hands with former United States Secretary of State John Kerry

She held several posts during the course of the Chavez administration: as International Affairs Director in the Ministry of Energy and Mines, in 2003; as Vice-minister for European Affairs in 2005; serving from February–August 2006 as the Minister for Presidential Affairs and the following year as General Coordinator to the Vice-President of Venezuela, both of which roles she held while her brother occupied the office of Vice President of the Republic. She was the Minister for Presidential Affairs in 2006. Similarly, she was Vice Minister for Europe at the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Relations. She also served as the General Coordinator to the Vice President of Venezuela. According to a profile published in the daily Tal Cual, Rodriguez pursued a concentration in labor law in Paris, France, taught at UCV and was a member of the Venezuelan Association of Labor Lawyers.

Since 2016, Rodriguez has been an outspoken defender of Venezuelan government domestic actions in the face of calls from Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, to suspend Venezuelan membership in the organization for violating the OAS Democratic Charter. On 21 June 2017, Rodriguez left her post to run for the Constituent National Assembly. President Maduro accepted her resignation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was succeeded by Samuel Moncada.

Vice President

On 14 June 2018, President Maduro named Rodríguez to be Vice President of Venezuela, succeeding Tareck El Aissami. She also became the head official of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN), Venezuela's intelligence agency, as it is dependent on the office of the vice presidency.

In November 2022, she visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.


Rodríguez has been sanctioned by several countries and is banned from entering neighboring Colombia. The Colombian government maintains a list of people banned from entering Colombia or subject to expulsion; as of January 2019, the list had 200 people with a "close relationship and support for the Nicolás Maduro regime".

On 22 September 2017, Canada sanctioned Rodríguez due to her role in Venezuela's constitutional crisis.

Shortly after being named Vice President of Venezuela, Rodríguez was one of eleven officials sanctioned by the European Union on 25 June 2018, with her assets frozen and a travel ban issued against her after she "undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela."

The Mexican Senate froze the assets of officials of the Maduro administration, including Delcy Rodríguez, and prohibited them from entering Mexico on 20 April 2018.

Switzerland sanctioned Rodríguez on 10 July 2018, freezing her assets and imposing a travel ban while citing the same reasons of the European Union.

The United States sanctioned Rodríguez on 25 September 2018 for "corruption and humanitarian issues" by including her in OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List.

In January 2020, despite the entry ban imposed by the European Union since 2018, Rodríguez met Spain's minister José Luis Ábalos (PSOE) in Madrid–Barajas Airport.

Personal life

Rodríguez is the daughter of Jorge Antonio Rodríguez [es], who was the founder of the Socialist League of Venezuela. He was arrested in 1976 as a suspect in the kidnapping by guerrillas of William Frank Niehous [es] (vice-president of Owens-Illinois Venezuela Inc.) and tortured to death by the police. Her brother, Jorge Jesús Rodríguez, served as Mayor of Caracas, as well as vice president.

Delcy was in a relationship with Smartmatic co-founder Alfredo José Anzola prior to his death in a plane crash in April 2008.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Delcy Rodríguez para niños

  • List of ministers of foreign affairs of Venezuela
  • List of current foreign ministers
  • List of foreign ministers in 2017
  • List of female foreign ministers
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