Current president of Venezuela, Maduro is a former vice president serving under Hugo Chavez. He became interim president after the death of Chavez in early 2013 and was subsequently elected in a national election 30 days later. His political career started in the 1990s when he helped create the Movement of the Fifth Republic, which supported Hugo Chavez’s political campaign for president in 1998. He was elected to the National Assembly in 2000 and was later elected Speaker of the Assembly from 2005-2006. In August of 2006, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and during his time as minister enacted several policies that supported former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. After Hugo Chavez won re-election in 2012, Chavez appointed him vice president. During his health issues, Chavez called upon the people of Venezuela to elect Maduro if he were to die, effectively naming his presidential successor.
To read snippets of Nicolas Maduro's personality go to Maduro Profile Blog.