Juan Manuel Santos

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His Excellency
Juan Manuel Santos
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59th President of Colombia
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 August 2010
Vice President Angelino Garzón
Preceded by Álvaro Uribe
Minister of National Defense
In office
19 July 2006 – 18 May 2009
President Álvaro Uribe
Preceded by Camilo Ospina Bernal
Succeeded by Freddy Padilla de León
Minister of Finance and Public Credit
In office
7 August 2000 – 7 August 2002
President Andrés Pastrana Arango
Preceded by Juan Camilo Restrepo Salazar
Succeeded by Roberto Junguito Bonnet
Personal details
Born Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
10 August 1951 (1951-08-10) (age 62)
Bogotá, Colombia
Political party Social Party of National Unity
Spouse(s) María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera (m. 1987)
Alma mater University of Kansas
London School of Economics
Harvard University
Tufts University
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Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (born 10 August 1951) is a Colombian politician. He became the President of Colombia on 7 August 2010.[1] Santos replaces Álvaro Uribe as president.

Santos has distanced himself from Uribe. Santos intends work on the social need of the country. He also wants to improve relations Colombia's neighbors.

Since winning the presidency in a June 20 landslide, Santos has marked distance between himself and Uribe, signaling the arrival of a leader who, unlike his predecessor, intends to focus on a social agenda and the country's frayed relations with its neighbors. During his inauguration speech, he said

"I will preside over a government of national unity that will bring social prosperity for all Colombians... If we want to have economic and social development, we need to build unity among us."

Santos was schooled in the United States and is familiar with technology. He was a defense minister in the Uribe government.

He is 58 years old, and is from one of the most politically influential families of Colombia.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Historical Challenge". Semana International. 13 August 2010. http://www.semana.com/noticias-print-edition/historical-challenge/143004.aspx. Retrieved 19 August 2010.