And his rise to power
"I come from a working family. My grandparents arrived in Venezuela with nothing. ... I worked since I was 11 years old."
- Henrique Capriles Radonski
Henrique Capriles Radonski is the leader of
and was born on 11 July 1972, in Caracas to one of the most privileged families in Venezuela. His mother, Monica Cristina Radonski Bochenek, of Jewish (Russian-Polish) origin, is the owner of a well-known cinema chain. His father, Henrique Capriles Garcia is from a Jewish-Dutch family from Curacao.
Both families have interests in the media, own various industries, services and real estate. Capriles Radonsky graduated from the conservative Catholic University Andres Bello (UCAB) in Caracas, and also studied at Columbia University, New York.
Capriles tries to focus on his "humble" roots, like many politicians making promises about reducing poverty and "social inclusion"
In 2000, Capriles formed the political party Primero Justicia, along with Leopoldo Lopez.
The policies of the Primero Justicia, were developed with financing and assessment of USAID through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the International Republican Institute (IRI), that have provided experts of the Republican Party of the USA who design its political platform and communication strategy.
In reports published by the USA State Department on Venezuela and published by Wikileaks, Capriles was linked to the assault on the Cuban Embassy in Caracas, and as a suspect in the assassination of the Venezuelan Prosecutor, Danilo Anderson.
The documents demonstrate the complacency of the USA Embassy in Caracas towards this leader of the Primero Justicia Party of fascist bent and whose role in the assault to the Cuban Embassy and other illicit activities has been censured in the text.
These documents show that the USA Embassy not only recognizes Capriles, when he was the governor of the state of Miranda, but also offered him cooperation and the many paragraphs that are blacked out by the censors in Washington reveal collaborations that is beyond what they are prepared to confess.
Henrique Capriles Radonski campaigned as a youthful alternative to Chavez, who has been battling cancer, as if that might make him weaken.
Adriana D'Elia, the current governor of Miranda state said "He is a person that works 24 hours, 365 days a year, It is difficult to keep up with him."
His detractors consider him a fresh face for Venezuela's old elite, a politician who acts like a champion of democracy but who is happy to subvert the will of the people when it fits his own ends.
Capriles participated in a 2002 coup attempt against the country's elected government. Critics say he was complicit with violent protesters at the Cuban consulate in