Born in 1981 in Baruta (Estado de Miranda, Venezuela), Armas is a Venezuelan lawyer, university professor and politician. Founding member of Voluntad Popular, Leopoldo Lopez’s party and political formation of the interim President Juan Guaidò, in 2016 he was elected to the National Assembly – the single-chamber parliament of the Republic of Venezuela – In the constituency of the State of Anzoateguì (north-east Venezuelan). Since January 2019 he has been President of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly.
Born into a family of the Venezuelan political and cultural elite, he studied in the Italian-Venezuelan college Angelo de Marta of Puerto La Cruz; he graduated in law at the Andres Bello Catholic University (2004), and continued his studies in the United Kingdom where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Comparative Political Studies at the London School of Economics (2006) with a thesis on “Democratic deficit in Venezuela: from the Pact of Punto Fijo to the Chavista Re-evolution”. He also studied at Georgetown University in Washington (2008) and entered the Draper-Hills program of the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law of the University of Starford, California (2010).
He worked as a lawyer, country risk adviser and constitutional law professor. After a being brutally attacked at the hands of the collectivos outside a session of the National Assembly in 2017, he spent most of the last year and a half outside Venezuela, contributing to advocacy and information activities in Europe to raise awareness about the situation in his country. He is regularly in New York, Washington and Bogota to carry on a multilateral strategy aimed at enabling the democratic transition in Caracas. A Fervent democrat, lover of Europe and friend of the United States, Armando is a convinced Atlanticist who deeply believes that today the cleavage is no longer right-left, but democracy- dictatorship both at the national and international level.