The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, remembers with great shock and admiration the first anniversary of the death of one of the most important diplomats and political leader for our revolutionary homeland:
“A year ago I dismissed with deep pain a teacher and father in my life, Alí Rodríguez Araque. His ethics and commitment to live up to each battle he faced for the Homeland, is a worthy example. In the struggle of our Revolution, its imprint and doctrine will remain present”.
This honorable and prominent Venezuelan was born in Ejido, Mérida state, on September 9, 1937. Rodríguez Araque was a noted Venezuelan lawyer, political leader and diplomat, graduated from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in 1961.
In addition, he conducted studies in economics, especially in petroleum, an area in which he stood out admirably.
He had a broad revolutionary trajectory, was an active guerrilla leader in the decades of the 60s and 70s of the last century against the right-wing governments prevailing in the South American nation.
With the arrival of the Bolivarian Revolution, he served in several political positions during the Government of the Eternal Commander, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías.
Thanks to his extensive knowledge, effort and dedication, he was Minister of Energy and Mines (Petroleum), General Secretary of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opep), President of PDVSA, Minister of Economy and Finance and Chancellor of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Finally, in September 2014 he was appointed by the Head of State, as the Venezuelan Ambassador to Cuba, where he died at age 81.
The legacy left by Alí Rodríguez Araque, serves as an example for the future revolutionary men of the Venezuelan homeland, because he was an intelligent man who always gave his life to the cause of the Bolivarian Revolution.