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The Men behind the President’s Birth Certificate  

This is the chronicle of a trip to nowhere. An effort of over a year to find the birth certificate of Nicolas Maduro—the key piece to solve the controversy over the nationality of the Venezuelan leader—led the team of Armando.info to the only document that the civil registry of La Candelaria Parish in Caracas could show, a few scanned pages. There is an unknown land where the original document is, if any. According to different versions, it is in a safe under the ongoing argument of "State security reasons," under a 24-hour personalized custody of at least four gatekeepers committed to deny access to the folios inside.    

9/10/2017 12:07:28 PM

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An alleged birth certificate of Nicolas Maduro Moros—record 2823, page 435, stating that the current president of Venezuela was presented in that registry on November 27, 1964, i.e. two years and four days after his birth in the capital of Venezuela—is supposed to be in the civil registry of La Candelaria Parish in downtown Caracas. However, even if the existence of this document is verified, the true nationality of the President would remain a mystery.

Since he was forced with forceps as president of the Republic in January 2013, during the invisible agony of Commander Hugo Chavez in Cuba, and later on, after the death of the revolutionary leader at the Military Hospital of Caracas, when he won the presidency in April 2013 after a fierce election, the birthplace of Nicolas Maduro became more a State issue than a subject of public controversy. The current Constitution provides that the president must be Venezuelan by birth. If it were established that Maduro was born in another country and has another nationality, opposition factors estimate that even the obstacle of a Supreme Court firmly controlled by chavismo could be overcome to take an express path to remove president Maduro from office and call for new elections.