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This article is about a Venezuelan politician, see Apprentice (U.S. season 5) for the Apprentice candidate Tarek Saab.
Tarek William Saab Halabi (born 1963) is an Lebanese-Venezuelan politician, lawyer and poet. He is a human rights activist and a leader of the Fifth Republic Movement (MVR) party founded by Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela.
The son of Lebanese immigrants, Saab was born in El Tigre, Anzoategui, Venezuela. He studied criminal law in the Universidad Santa Maria and human rights law in the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Saab was a member of the Constitutional Assembly that drafted in 1999 the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. In 2000, he was elected a member of the Venezuelan National Assembly and, in 2004, Governor of Anzoategui State, holding this post since then.
During the coup d'etat of April 2002, Saab was imprisoned by security forces after a crowd of coupists had gathered around Saab's home, threatening him and his family. He was held incommunicado for several hours.
While Saab was head of the foreign policy commission of Venezuela's National Assembly in 2002, he was refused an entry visa to the United States. Reuters reported that Saab told local television he was denied the visa because a U.S. State Department report "identified him as 'an individual linked to international subversion'." According to Venezuela's El Universal, Saab gave a press conference, in which he referred to published information that he had been denied the visa as a consequence of his ties with international terrorist organizations. Saab denied that he was associated with international terrorism or subversive groups.
Saab has also been accused by critics within his own party (MVR) of participating in electoral fraud in the internal elections. Ex-governor of Anzoategui, David de Lima, accused Saab of using his position for political persecution, after Saab's wife accused De Lima of mismanagement.
Saab has written several literary works in Spanish, among them: Los rios de la Ira (1987), El Hacha de los Santos (1992), Principe de Lluvia y Duelo (1992), Al Fatah , Angel Caido Angel (1998), Cielo a Media Asta (2003), Cuando Pasen las Carretas (2003).
Anzoategui State Governor Election, 2004 Results
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