Venezuelan Education Minister Aristóbulo Istúriz died this Wednesday at the age of 74, as the South American country’s Vice President Delcy Rodríguez confirmed, without any details of the causes of death being disclosed at the moment.
“It is with deep regret that we regret to announce the departure of our professor, Aristóbulo Isturiz, a fighter from this country to which he dedicated his life,” said Rodríguez through a message posted on his account on the social network.
“His hopeful smile stayed with him until the last moment. Our condolences go to his wife, children and friends. The teacher will live in us,” added the Vice President, condolences added by the country’s President Nicolás Maduro.
Maduro, who has said “feeling great pain for the loss of a true revolutionary”, has stated that Istúriz is “one of the essential elements in building a good homeland”. “Aristobulo, the professor of so many generations and constant leader of the revolutionaries. My condolences and my embrace of strength for his family,” he added.
In this sense, he described the deceased as a “man of a thousand battles” who “always taught with his true word”. “Since we were children, we have admired his struggle, he has left us his example, his courage and his tireless spirit, which, despite the years, continues to fill us with his strength. Honor and fame! Long live the memory and work of Prof. Aristobulus! “
For his part, Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said: “Aristóbulo Istúriz must be remembered as a true patriot, loyal to the loyalists, tireless fighter, humble and always surrounded by the people.”
“Black, brother of life, for leaving us your smile and so many fights, so much commitment, the integrity and tenderness that you are that you always will be. A hug, dear brother, and I tell you: see you always to victory “For his part, he referred to the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez.
Istúriz has been Minister of Education since September 2018, although he already had the same portfolio between February 2005 and January 2007 under the presidency of Hugo Chávez. From January to September 2018 he was also Minister for the Municipalities.
Previously, Istúriz was Vice President of the country between January 2016 and January 2017, as well as Deputy and Governor of the State of Anzoátegui. He was also Vice-President of the National Assembly of Venezuela between 2011 and 2012 and Vice-President of the National Constituent Assembly in two phases between 2017 and 2018.