Fabiana Rosales (Fabiana Andreina Rosales Guerrero) was born 22 of April of 1992, a journalist and the the wife of Juan Guaidó. Her father was a farmer, and her mother a journalist. As a child, she observed her mother’s interviews and became interested in social issues. She assisted in running the family farm and decided to study journalism. Her father died of a cardiac arrest in 2013, for which she blames the shortage of medicine in Venezuela.
“I spent a lot of time in pain, wondering why this had happened to me,” she said. “But now I have taken this as a lesson from life. And I am working for my daughter to inherit a better country.”
After finishing high school, Fabiana Rosales sought a place in UCAB, in Caracas and in Maracaibo. She turned west because the career started several months earlier. She’s organized, disciplined, success-oriented. She decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and study journalism, but also helped her father transport his crops to Caracas along roads where he was sometimes shaken down by corrupt military guards.
Fabiana Rosales joined VP during university. “I was there before it was a party, when it was just a movement. I had already been with my brother in the 2007 protests, he was part of the ‘2007 Generation’. I joined Leopoldo on his tours in Zulia, in the primaries of 2012; then I joined Henrique [Capriles] in some activities of the electoral campaign in the area.
That experience had a profound impact on my student life. For instance, I was involved in the creation of a documentary about gasoline smuggling at the border. I personally witnessed the shady deals of the mafias supported by the state. I saw the National Guard turn a blind eye, the same guards who squeezed my dad off the result of his work.”
Fabiana Rosales was a student and a party activist. In October 2011, Fabiana travelled to Caucagua to attend the Federal Youth Assembly (JUVEFA). There, she met many party peers, including a tall, skinny boy who kept to himself, “perhaps because he’s always listening”. She soon learned that he follows Tiburones de la Guaira, while she’s a Magallanes fan.
“I met him and many others while we worked, it was nothing special. Those were campaign days, so we often met in events. One day we talked longer than usual. We went out for arepas with a group from work. Then, we started talking longer and longer, especially about baseball and politics. And well, here we are.”
“I liked Maracaibo a lot and I adjusted quickly, even though I had no family there. My experience in the university was excellent. I had very good teachers and the institution had updated equipment and good labs. I loved the city, but the weather drove me crazy. I told my friends they had to understand me, I’m gocha, this heat is too much for me.”
With Fabiana Rosales globe-trotting, she is emerging as a prominent figure in his campaign to bring change to the crisis-wracked country. Her husband has since claimed Venezuela’s interim presidency with the support of dozens of nations including the United States, setting up a standoff with President Nicolas Maduro, who refuses to step down amid what he calls an attempted coup.
“She is a professional, young, educated woman, and to a certain extent she is conservative,” Pantoulas said. “That image corresponds to (Venezuelan) stereotypes of what a presidential couple should look like, especially for those in the middle classes.”
As Juan Gerardo Guaidó Márquez leads efforts to remove Nicolás Maduro, VenezuelanPresident of Venezuela through protests at home and by trying to persuade Venezuela’s military to abandon the socialist leader, Rosales is trying to drum up international support for Venezuela’s beleaguered opposition with highly publicized tours of neighboring countries.
“Look, I am the wife of President Juan Guaidó and I will accompany him on whatever route he takes and we will overcome whatever obstacles we face as we have done through all our years together,” Rosales said during an interview in Perú’s capital of Lima. “But I got involved in politics because I want to change my country.”
Fabiana Rosales traveled to Peru and Chile, where she met with the presidents of both countries, and spoke in universities about Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis. On Wednesday, she met U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House as the U.S. ratchets up sanctions on the Maduro administration.
“She is trying to boost Guaido’s image, as support for his movement in Venezuela deflates,” Arevalo Mendez, Maduro’s ambassador to Chile, told a local news outlet last week.
- Fabiana Rosales Biography and Profile