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Lenin Moreno
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World Leader
    (March 19, 1953- )
    Born in Nuevo Rocafuerte, Ecuador
    Vice President of Ecuador (2007-13)
    President of Ecuador (assumed office May 24, 2017)
    He was supposed to be named after two of his parents’ heroes, but an error in civil registration turned his middle name into ‘Boltaire’ instead of Voltaire.
    He campaigned promising to continue Rafael Correa’s policies, only to spend much of his Presidency undoing them.
    He angered environmentalists by allowing the US military to use an airbase on the Galapagos Islands and supporting oil drilling in the country’s portion of the Amazon basin.
    He announced an end to fuel subsidies, prompting widespread rioting that forced his government to flee Quito, the capital. Order was restored after he reinstated the subsidies and agreed to form a commission with indigenous leaders and members of social organization to determine how to deal with the country’s budget deficit (October 2-14, 2019).
    He said men are ‘permanently subjected to the danger of being accused of harassment,’ especially when women ‘get angry with ugly people.’ (February 2, 2020).
    His approval rating bottomed out at 7% (February, 2020).
    He was shot during a robbery and left paralyzed from the waist down (1998).
    While Vice President, he got the annual budget for disabled services increased from $100,000 to over $5,000,000.
    He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy for people with disabilities (2012).
    In fairness, a slump in the oil prices that had financed Correa’s social programs would have forced cutbacks no matter who followed him as President.
    He apologized for his comments about harassment and ugly men, saying he ‘did not intend to minimize an issue as serious as violence or abuse.’

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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