Juan Guaido’s biographyJuan Guaido – is the new face of politics, an activist, who is also being called a man of action and consensus, the opposition leader and parliament speaker of Venezuela; in the January of 2019, he self-proclaimed himself as the new president, preceded by Nicolas Maduro, being recognized as such by many countries, including the US.
Early life. The survivorJuan Guaido was born on July 28, 1983, in the capital of state Vargas – the city of Guaira, located on the shore of the Caribbean sea. His father was an airline pilot and he died young, and his mother was a teacher.
According to Guaido himself, who loves repeating the sentence “I know very well what it’s like to starve, but I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor”, this tragedy was the one that shaped his political ideology: the tragedy which his family and he had to go through, and the complete inaction of Hugo Chavez’s government, who refused to offer any support to the victims.
Juan was the only one among his siblings who managed to get a degree (in industrial engineering) at the Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela. After graduating in 2007, Guaido completed two postgraduate programs at the George Washington University.According to Guaido himself, who loves repeating the sentence “I know very well what it’s like to starve, but I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor”, this tragedy was the one that shaped his political ideology.
Young activist. CareerIn his student years, Juan was member of the Student Council which were protesting for the launch of social reforms, the implementation of a free educational and medical system. They also protested against the maximum number of terms one can be president, as well as against the extension of the presidential term.
In the period between 2010 and 2014, he was the alternate national deputy for the state of Vargas in the National Assembly. In 2015, he won the election and became a full-seat deputy himself, focusing his activity around the corruption that was taking place, according to him, because of president Maduro’s support.
Juan Guaido’s personal lifeIn 2012, Juan met Fabiana Rosales, who, having graduated with a degree in social journalism from a university in Caracas, quickly joined the activists of the party “Popular Will” and became close friends with Guaido.
Juan Guaido nowAt the beginning of January 2019, Guaido was elected federal deputy to the National Assembly and became the speaker of parliament. Right after his being instated, he started insisting on the fact that Maduro’s presidency is illegal and proposed to create an opposing legislature.
On January 23, he became the head of the temporary government and proclaimed himself acting president of the country, at least until the movement to overthrow Maduro is over.
In April 2019, Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly stripped Guaido of parliamentary immunity. In 2020, the British Supreme Court recognized Guaido as President of Venezuela, but he still has not acquired a full-fledged status. In the European Union, this decision was also considered, however, as a result, 27 member countries of the bloc made a negative decision.