Guillermo Lasso

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Guillermo Lasso
Guillermo Lasso perfil vertical.jpg
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
Guillermo Alberto Santiago Lasso Mendoza

(1955-11-16) 16 November 1955 (age 64)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Political partyCreating Opportunities
Spouse(s)María de Lourdes Alcívar Crespo
WebsitePersonal website

Guillermo Alberto Santiago Lasso Mendoza (born 16 November 1955) is an Ecuadorian businessman and politician. He was the presidential candidate for the 2013 and 2017 elections for the party Creating Opportunities.[1][2]

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.

Early life[change | change source]

Lasso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city. His parents were Enrique Lasso and Nora Mendoza. He studied at the College of San José La Salle where he graduated with an economics degree.

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.[3]

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.[4]

Lasso lost the election after winning 49% of the vote to Moreno's 51% of the vote.[5]

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. CREO enrolled Lasso-Solines binomial
  2. "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
  3. Mark Weisbrot: Media can't ignore financial scandal in Ecuador's presidential election, TheHill, 24. March 2017
  4. Guillermo Lasso inicia su campaña electoral visitando puerta a puerta a ciudadanos en Guayaquil,, 2017-01-03 (Spanish)

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Guillermo Lasso at Wikimedia Commons