Lenín Moreno

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Lenín Moreno
A Lenín Moreno (Transmisión del Mando Presidencial Ecuador 2017) (cropped).jpg
44th President of Ecuador
Assumed office
24 May 2017
Vice President María Vicuña (Acting)
Jorge Glas (Until December 2017)
Preceded by Rafael Correa
United Nations Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility
In office
19 December 2013 – 30 September 2016
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Vice President of Ecuador
In office
January 15, 2007 – May 24, 2013
President Rafael Correa
Preceded by Alejandro Serrano
Succeeded by Jorge Glas
Personal details
Born (1953-03-19) March 19, 1953 (age 64)
Nuevo Rocafuerte, Orellana Province, Ecuador
Nationality Ecuador Ecuadorian
Political party PAIS Alliance
Spouse(s) Rocio Gonzalez
Children Irina
Alma mater Central University of Ecuador

Lenín Boltaire Moreno Garcés (born 19 March 1953) is an Ecuadorian politician. Moreno is the 44th and current President of Ecuador since 24 May 2017. He was the Vice President of Ecuador from 2007 to 2013, serving under President Rafael Correa. His election as Vice President was well known because as a paraplegic, Moreno was one of the world’s few disabled national leaders.

On 2 April 2017, Moreno was elected President of Ecuador defeating banker Guillermo Lasso in the 2017 Ecuadorian presidential round-off with 51% of the vote to Lasso's 49%.[1]

On 24 May 2017, Moreno became the world’s only head of state in a wheelchair.[2][3][4]

Early life[change | change source]

Moreno was born in Nuevo Rocafuerte, Orellana Province. He studied at Central University of Ecuador. He married Rocio Gonzalez and together they have three children.

Shooting[change | change source]

On January 3, 1998, two young men approached Moreno in a grocery store parking lot in Quito and told him they wanted his car and his money. He freely gave them his wallet and keys, but one of the men shot him in the back anyway. This incident left Moreno paralyzed.

Vice presidency (2007–2013)[change | change source]

During his first year in the office of Vice President of Ecuador, Moreno investigated the state of disabled people in Ecuador. He also founded the Manuela Espejo Solidarity Mission for the Disabled, which offers rehab, technical help, and psychological support to thousands of disabled Ecuadorians.

Moreno left the Vice Presidency on May 24, 2013 and was succeeded by Jorge Glas. He is the first Ecuadorian vice president to complete his term since 1992.

Honors[change | change source]

For his work providing respect and dignity to handicapped people, he was nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Moreno was appointed as Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in December 2013.[5]

President of Ecuador[change | change source]

2017 Presidential campaign[change | change source]

In October 1st, 2016, he was nominated to the elections to the Ecuadorian presidency by his party, Alianza País. In February 2017, Moreno and Guillermo Lasso made it to the run-off election which was held on April 2, 2017. Moreno won the election with 51% of the vote to Lasso's 49%.

Presidency (since 2017)[change | change source]

Moreno was sworn-in as President of Ecuador on 24 May 2017 in Quito.[6]

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