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Lenín Moreno

46th Presidente of Ecuador

Lenín Boltaire Moreno Garcés (born 19 March 1953) is an Ecuadorian politician. Moreno is the 44th and current President of Ecuador since 24 May 2017. He was the Vice President of Ecuador from 2007 to 2013, serving under President Rafael Correa. His election as Vice President was well known because as a paraplegic, Moreno was one of the world’s few disabled national leaders.

Lenín Moreno
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44th President of Ecuador
Assumed office
24 May 2017
Vice PresidentJorge Glas
María Vicuña
Preceded byRafael Correa
United Nations Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility
In office
19 December 2013 – 30 September 2016
Secretary GeneralBan Ki-moon
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMaria Soledad Cisternas Reyes
Vice President of Ecuador
In office
15 January 2007 – 24 May 2013
PresidentRafael Correa
Preceded byAlejandro Serrano
Succeeded byJorge Glas
President of the PAIS Alliance
Assumed office
1 May 2017
Preceded byRafael Correa
Personal details
BornLenín Boltaire Moreno Garcés
(1953-03-19) 19 March 1953 (age 65)
Nuevo Rocafuerte, Ecuador
Political partyPAIS Alliance
Spouse(s)Rocío González
Children3
ResidenceCarondelet Palace
Alma materCentral University of Ecuador
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On 2 April 2017, Moreno was elected President of Ecuador defeating banker Guillermo Lasso in the 2017 Ecuadorian presidential round-off with 51% of the vote to Lasso's 49%.[1]

On 24 May 2017, Moreno became the world’s only current head of state in a wheelchair.[2][3][4]

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Early lifeEdit

Moreno was born in Nuevo Rocafuerte, Orellana Province. He studied at Central University of Ecuador. He married Rocio Gonzalez and together they have three children.

ShootingEdit

On January 3, 1998, two young men approached Moreno in a grocery store parking lot in Quito and told him they wanted his car and his money. He freely gave them his wallet and keys, but one of the men shot him in the back anyway. This incident left Moreno paralyzed.

Vice presidency (2007–2013)Edit

During his first year in the office of Vice President of Ecuador, Moreno investigated the state of disabled people in Ecuador. He also founded the Manuela Espejo Solidarity Mission for the Disabled, which offers rehab, technical help, and psychological support to thousands of disabled Ecuadorians.

Moreno left the Vice Presidency on May 24, 2013 and was succeeded by Jorge Glas. He is the first Ecuadorian vice president to complete his term since 1992.

HonorsEdit

For his work providing respect and dignity to handicapped people, he was nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Moreno was appointed as Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in December 2013.[5]

President of EcuadorEdit

2017 Presidential campaignEdit

In October 1st, 2016, he was nominated to the elections to the Ecuadorian presidency by his party, Alianza País. In February 2017, Moreno and Guillermo Lasso made it to the run-off election which was held on April 2, 2017. Moreno won the election with 51% of the vote to Lasso's 49%. Moreno was then sworn-in as President of Ecuador on 24 May 2017 in Quito.[6]

PresidencyEdit

Though Moreno is a member of the PAIS Alliance, the same party as Rafael Correa, Moreno has taken Ecuador in a different direction than Correa did. Moreno is a more moderate, centrist figure and has restored presidential term limits, improved Ecuador's ties with the United States, and he has distanced himself from Nicolas Maduro's government in Venezuela.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-ecuadoreans-choosing-president-close-race-46528194
  2. https://www.worldcrunch.com/world-affairs/big-day-for-ecuador39s-lenin-moreno
  3. https://www.yahoo.com/news/leftist-ecuador-president-takes-office-160731947.html
  4. Londoño, Ernesto (7 April 2017). "Ecuador Elects World's Only Head of State in a Wheelchair". New York Times. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  5. "Secretary-General Appoints Lenín Voltaire Moreno Garces of Ecuador Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility". Press release. United Nations. 19 December 2013.
  6. "CNE informa "resultados irreversibles": Moreno 51.16% - Lasso 48.84%". Ecuavisa. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.

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