List of Presidents of Venezuela
The President of Venezuela is both the head of state and head of government of Venezuela. The current presidential term is for six years with the constitutionally guaranteed recourse of holding a popular recall referendum anytime within the last three years of a presidential term. On 15 February 2009, a referendum removed the previous restrictions which limited the President to two terms. The current president of Venezuela is Hugo Chavez.
The designation "Presidente" encompasses only those persons who were sworn into office as President of Venezuela following Venezuela's declaration of independence from Spanish colonial rule, which took effect on July 5, 1811. The first president, taking office on July 5, 1811, was actually the president of a triumvirate that rotated the presidency weekly. The person serving as president during the week of July 5 was one of the three signatories of the Declaration of Independence: Cristobal Mendoza. Mendoza shared the triumvirate with Juan Escalona and Baltasar Padron.Briceno Perozo, Mario. "Mendoza, Cristobal de" in Diccionario de Historia de Venezuela, Vol. 3. Caracas: Fundacion Polar, 1999. ISBN 980-6397-37-1
Owing to the profound turmoil of the Venezuelan War of Independence and the period of Gran Colombia over what is now Venezuela, this page has gaps between 1814 and 1819. The Congress of Angostura appointed Simon Bolivar "Jefe Supremo de la Republica de Venezuela" (Supreme Commander of the Republic of Venezuela) from 1819 until 1830. The list below includes interim 'caretaker' as well as regular serving presidents, and democratically installed presidents as well as those installed by other means .
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"Presidentes de Venezuela"
Cuadro de Presidentes Venezolanos
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Comentarios sobre la Lista de Presidentes
Official portal for the President
Official government site (Government Online)
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