The president and vice-presidents, who must be Venezuelans by birth and more than thirty years old, are elected by an electoral body or council composed of members of the national Congress, one member from each state and the Federal District.
The first includes the children of Venezuelan parents born in foreign countries; the latter comprises four classes: natives of Spanish-American republics, foreignborn persons, foreigners naturalized through special laws and foreign women married to Venezuelans.
For a people so accustomed to revolutionary outbreaks, the Venezuelans are singularly deficient in military organization.
It is drawn in imitation of European models, and makes military service compulsory for all Venezuelans between 21 and 50 years.
The Caracas institution dates from early colonial times and numbers many prominent Venezuelans among its alumni.