Juan Manuel Santos
Juan Manuel Santos
59th President of Colombia
7 August 2010
|Vice President||Angelino Garzón|
|Preceded by||Álvaro Uribe|
|Minister of National Defense|
19 July 2006 – 18 May 2009
|Preceded by||Camilo Ospina Bernal|
|Succeeded by||Freddy Padilla de León|
|Minister of Finance and Public Credit|
7 August 2000 – 7 August 2002
|President||Andrés Pastrana Arango|
|Preceded by||Juan Camilo Restrepo Salazar|
|Succeeded by||Roberto Junguito Bonnet|
|Born||Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
10 August 1951
|Political party||Social Party of National Unity|
|Spouse(s)||María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera (m. 1987)|
|Alma mater||University of Kansas
London School of Economics
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. Santos has become well known around the world for trying to end the long conflict in Colombia. In 2016, after a lot of negotiations, he announced a peace deal with the FARC militia, which has been at was with the Colombian government since the 1960s. By June 2016, a peace deal had been reached, and some people have said Santos and the other negotiators may win a Nobel Peace Prize if the peace deal holds. Uribe is against the deal, which he thinks is too easy on FARC.
He is 58 years old, and is from one of the most politically influential families of Colombia. He is married to Maria and has three children.
References[change | change source]
- Forero, Juan (2010-08-08). "Juan Manuel Santos takes oath as Colombia's new president". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post Company. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/07/AR2010080702709.html. Retrieved 2010-08-13. ""I will preside over a government of national unity that will bring social prosperity for all Colombians,""
- "Historical Challenge". Semana International. 13 August 2010. http://www.semana.com/noticias-print-edition/historical-challenge/143004.aspx. Retrieved 19 August 2010.