Guillermo Lasso

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Guillermo Lasso
Guillermo Lasso May 2021.jpg
47th President of Ecuador
Assumed office
24 May 2021
Vice PresidentAlfredo Borrero Vega
Preceded byLenín Moreno
Superminister of Economy and Energy
In office
August 17, 1999 – September 24, 1999
PresidentJamil Mahuad
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Governor of Guayas
In office
August 10, 1998 – August 17, 1999
PresidentJamil Mahuad
Preceded byRafael Guerrero Valenzuela
Succeeded byBenjamín Rosales Valenzuela
Personal details
Born
Guillermo Alberto Santiago Lasso Mendoza

(1955-11-16) 16 November 1955 (age 65)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Political partyCreating Opportunities
Spouse(s)
María de Lourdes Alcívar (m. 1980)
Children5
ResidenceCarondelet Palace
WebsitePersonal website

Guillermo Alberto Santiago Lasso Mendoza (born 16 November 1955) is an Ecuadorian businessman and politician. Lasso is the 47th President of Ecuador since 24 May 2021.[1] He was the presidential candidate for the 2013, 2017 and 2021 elections for the party Creating Opportunities.[2][3]

He arrived in second place with 22.68% of valid votes, but as incumbent President Rafael Correa received 57.17% of votes, a round-off didn't take place. In early 2017, he launched his second presidential campaign against former Vice President Lenín Moreno and other candidates. In February 2017, both Lasso and Moreno made it to a run-off election on April 2, 2017. He lost the election with 49% of the vote.

In 2020, Lasso announced his candidacy for the presidency again in the 2021 election. He advanced to the second round of the election in February 2021, against Andrés Arauz.[4] He defeated Arauz in the April 2021 run-off.

Early life[change | change source]

Lasso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city. His parents were Enrique Lasso and Nora Mendoza. He studied Economics and graduated from the San José La Salle High School.

Banking career[change | change source]

Lasso is, through a trust named with his initials, GLM, the largest share holder in Banco de Guayaquil. He has been executive president for more than 20 years.[5]

Political career[change | change source]

Lasso served as Governor of the Guayas Province from 1998 through 1999. He was appointed by President Jamil Mahuad to serve as Superminister of Economy and Energy, a position he served from August through September 1999. In 2003, President Lucio Gutiérrez appointed Lasso to serve as Itinerant Ambassador, a position he served for only a few months in the same year.

In the 2013 presidential election, Lasso ran against the incumbent President Rafael Correa. He lost the general election in a landslide.

2017 presidential campaign[change | change source]

In early 2017, Lasso launched his second presidential campaign to succeed incumbent President Correa for Creating Opportunities in the 2017 presidential elections, as Correa had already served his two-term constitutionally defined limit. His campaign's theme is one of change and he has promised to create 1 million more jobs in Ecuador.[6]

Lasso lost the election after winning 49% of the vote to Moreno's 51% of the vote.[7]

Presidency[change | change source]

2021 presidential campaign[change | change source]

In 2020, Lasso launched his third presidential campaign to replace his 2017 rival Lenin Moreno. He was at first seen as the front-runner but saw opposition against Rafael Correa-supporting candidate Andrés Arauz. In February 2021, Arauz won the majority of votes to advance to the second round. Lasso came in second place narrowly beating Yaku Pérez Guartambel. Lasso would go on to defeat Arauz in the run-off in April.

Term[change | change source]

Lasso was inaugurated as Ecuador's 47th president on 24 May 2021.[8] He became the country's first center-right president since Sixto Durán Ballén, who served from 1992 to 1996.[9] His main focus for his first 100 days will be to increase the country's vaccination rate during the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.[10]

Personal life[change | change source]

Lasso is married to María de Lourdes Alcívar Crespo. They have five children. Lasso and his family live in Guayaquil.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ecuador goes with conservative banker in presidential vote". Associated Press. 11 April 2021.
  2. "CREO enrolled Lasso-Solines binomial". Archived from the original on 2012-11-25. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  3. "In that case the opposition should unite around a single candidate who, according to ARCOP, would be Guillermo Lasso, with 26% of voter preference in the same survey." Correa’s reelection is uncertain Archived 2013-02-13 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Leftist Arauz, conservative Lasso advance to Ecuador presidential run-off". Buenos Aires Times. 22 February 2021.
  5. Mark Weisbrot: Media can't ignore financial scandal in Ecuador's presidential election, TheHill, 24. March 2017
  6. Guillermo Lasso inicia su campaña electoral visitando puerta a puerta a ciudadanos en Guayaquil Archived 2017-02-18 at the Wayback Machine, ecuadorinmediato.com, 2017-01-03 (Spanish)
  7. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-ecuadoreans-choosing-president-close-race-46528194
  8. "Ecuador's Guillermo Lasso Wins Presidential Election". The Wall Street Journal. 11 April 2021.
  9. "Perfil: Guillermo Lasso, Primer Presidente de Ecuador de la derecha en 18 anos". CNN Espanol. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  10. "Guillermo Lasso: Ecuador's new president faces uphill struggle". BBC. 24 May 2021.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Guillermo Lasso at Wikimedia Commons