Rafael Correa

President of Ecuador from 2007 to 2017

Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado born April 6, 1963 in Guayaquil,[1] was the 43rd President of Ecuador, and in 2009-2010 was the president pro tempore of the UNASUR.

Rafael Correa
Correa in 2019
45th President of Ecuador
In office
15 January 2007 – 24 May 2017
Vice PresidentLenín Moreno
Jorge Glas
Preceded byAlfredo Palacio
Succeeded byLenín Moreno
President pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations
In office
10 August 2009 – 26 November 2010
Preceded byMichelle Bachelet
Succeeded byBharrat Jagdeo
President pro tempore of Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
In office
28 January 2015 – 28 January 2016
Preceded byLuis Guillermo Solís
Succeeded byDanilo Medina
President of the PAIS Alliance
In office
3 April 2006 – 1 May 2017
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byLenín Moreno
Minister of Finance
In office
20 April 2005 – 9 August 2005
PresidentAlfredo Palacio
Preceded byMauricio Yepez
Succeeded byMagdalena Barreiro
Personal details
Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado

(1963-04-06) 6 April 1963 (age 61)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Political partyPAIS Alliance (until 2018)
The Citizens' Revolution Party (2018)
Other political
Acuerdo Nacional (since 2018)
(m. 1992)
Alma materCatholic University of Guayaquil
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
WebsiteOfficial website

Correa was elected President of Ecuador in late 2006 and took office in January 2007. In December 2008, he declared Ecuador's national debt illegitimate, based on the argument that it had been contracted by despotic prior regimes.

Correa's first term in office had been due to end on January 15, 2011, but the new approved constitution, written by the new National Assembly, called for general elections for April 26, 2009. In that election, Rafael Correa won in the first round with 51.9% of votes counted.

Early life


Rafael Correa was raised in a working class family from Guayaquil, the country's largest city. His father was Rafael Correa Icaza, born in the Province of Los Ríos, Ecuador, 23 March 1934, and deceased 10 June 1995. His mother is Norma Delgado Rendón, born 1 September 1939. His parents had three more children: Fabricio Correa, Pierina Correa and Bernardita Correa.

He attended primary and secondary school in San José-La Salle School in Guayaquil. During his youth he was a boy scout. Correa met his future Vice President, Jorge Glas while they were scouts as youth.

During his secondary studies he was president of the Lasallian Student Cultural Association ("ACEL" in Spanish). Afterwards and based on his academic achievements, he was given a scholarship to study at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil (UCSG in Spanish), a private higher education institution in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he obtained an undergraduate degree in economics in 1987.


  1. Fecha de Nacimiento Presidencia del Ecuador-Presidente