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Íngrid Betancourt

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Íngrid Betancourt
Senator of Colombia
In office
20 July 1998 – 21 May 2001
Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia
In office
20 July 1994 – 20 July 1998
ConstituencyCapital District
Personal details
Born (1961-12-25) 25 December 1961 (age 62)
Bogotá, Colombia
Political partyOxygen Green Party
Fabrice Delloye
(m. 1983; div. 1990)

Juan Carlos Lecompte
(m. 1997; div. 2011)
EducationSciences Po (BA)
Harris Manchester College, Oxford (ABD)

Íngrid Betancourt Pulecio (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈiŋɡɾið βetaŋˈkuɾ];[1] born 25 December 1961)[2] is a Colombian politician. She is an anti-corruption activist. She was a Senator of Colombia from 1998 until 2001. She also was a member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia from 1994 until 1998.

Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on 23 February 2002 while campaigning for President of Colombia in the 2002 election as a Green candidate. She was rescued by Colombian security forces six and a half years later on 2 July 2008.[3][4]

On 18 January 2022, she announced her candidacy for President of Colombia in the 2022 election.[5] However, she withdrew from the election on 20 May, just one week before the first round began.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. In isolation, Betancourt is pronounced [betaŋˈkuɾ].
  2. "Profile: Ingrid Betancourt". BBC News. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  3. "Colombia: Betancourt, US hostages freed". Associated Press. 2 July 2008.
  4. "Colombia hostage Betancourt freed". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  5. "Colombia's Ingrid Betancourt announces presidential run". The Independent. 2022-01-18. Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  6. "Ingrid Betancourt renuncia a la candidatura: adhiere a Rodolfo Hernández". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 20 May 2022. Retrieved 21 May 2022.