Guillermo Lasso

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Guillermo Lasso
Guillermo Lasso UN 2022.jpg
Lasso in September 2022
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 67)
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 came in second place with 22.68% of votes. President Rafael Correa won 57.17% of votes, a round-off didn't take place. In early 2017, he said that he would be running for president again. He would be against his 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 came in second place so was able to make it to the second round of the election in February 2021, against Andrés Arauz.[4] He won the election in the April 2021 run-off.

Personal 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.

In August 2022, Lasso announced that he was diagnosed with melanoma near his eye and he was going to have surgery in the United States.[5] The surgery was successful, and he returned to Quito for more treatment.[6]

Banking career[change | change source]

Lasso was the largest shareholder in Banco de Guayaquil. He was executive president for more than 20 years.[7]

Political career[change | change source]

Lasso was Governor of the Guayas Province from 1998 through 1999. He was appointed by President Jamil Mahuad to be Superminister of Economy and Energy. He was in this role from August through September 1999. In 2003, President Lucio Gutiérrez hired Lasso to be an Ambassador for a few months

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

2017 presidential campaign[change | change source]

In early 2017, Lasso announced his second presidential campaign to replace President Correa for Creating Opportunities in the 2017 presidential elections. His campaign's theme was to create 1 million more jobs in Ecuador.[8]

Lasso lost the election after winning 49% of the vote to Moreno's 51% of the vote.[9]

Presidency[change | change source]

2021 presidential campaign[change | change source]

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

Term[change | change source]

Lasso became Ecuador's 47th president on 24 May 2021.[10] He became the country's first center-right president since Sixto Durán Ballén's presidency (1992–1996).[11] His main focus for his first 100 days was to increase the country's vaccination rate during the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.[12]

In June 2022, a series of protests against Lasso's economic policies and raising fuel prices began, mainly led by indigenous Ecuadorians and students.

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. "Ecuador president going to U.S. cancer center following melanoma diagnosis". Reuters. Retrieved September 15, 2022.
  6. "El presidente Guillermo Lasso fue diagnosticado con un melanoma y por eso viajará a hacerse exámenes a Estados Unidos". El Universo. Retrieved September 15, 2022.
  7. Mark Weisbrot: Media can't ignore financial scandal in Ecuador's presidential election, TheHill, 24. March 2017
  8. 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)
  9. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-ecuadoreans-choosing-president-close-race-46528194
  10. "Ecuador's Guillermo Lasso Wins Presidential Election". The Wall Street Journal. 11 April 2021.
  11. "Perfil: Guillermo Lasso, Primer Presidente de Ecuador de la derecha en 18 anos". CNN Espanol. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  12. "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