Henrique Fernando Salas Feo
(1960) is a Venezuelan politician and the current governor of Carabobo State.
He is also President of the
centre-right party Project
Studies and jobs
He holds degrees in economy and industrial relations and
post-graduate degrees from the Institute of High Studies of
Administration (Venezuela) and the Chase Manhattan Bank. He has
worked for IBM International in the section of Market and Sellings
In 1993 he ran successfully for the Venezuelan Congress, becoming
deputy for his home state.
In 1995 he was elected governor of Carabobo and re-elected in 1998.
In 2000, after the approval of the new Constitution, he won a new
term. In 2004 he lost his re-election bid to chavista
candidate Luis Felipe Acosta Carlez
In 2008 he ran again backed by the National Unity, a broad
coalition of opposition parties including Project Venezuela. This
time against chavista Mario Silva, a former host of the TV channel
. On November 23 he won the election with 49% of the
votes and was sworn on December 4.
Between 2002 and 2004 he was Vice-President of the Union of Latin American
(UPLA), a regional division of the International Democratic
(IDU) that groups conservative political parties from
In May 2009 Salas Feo was noted for calling for a "piggy bank" of
cash saved up during the oil "bonanza era" to be used to make up
shortfalls in block grants to regional governments.