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Julio Borges

Venezuelan opposition politician and lawyer who co-founded the Primero Justicia (Justice First) Party

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Julio Borges is a Venezuelan politician and lawyer. In 2000, Borges co-founded the ;Primero Justicia (Justice First) political party. Borges was subsequently elected to the National Assembly in both 2000 and 2010. Upon his election in 2000, Borges became one of the most outspoken members of the opposition, and was an opposition primary candidate in 2006. On April 30, 2013, following Venezuela’s contested presidential election, members of the ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party of Venezuela) physically attacked Borges at the National Assembly, injuring his face. The assault took place after Borges and other opposition lawmakers protested a ban on opposition members speaking in the National Assembly. Born and raised in Caracas, Borges was educated at Andres Bello Catholic University and received master’s degrees in philosophy and public policy at, respectively, Boston College and Oxford. He is married with four children.

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