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Juan Manuel Santos
Juan Manuel Santos
|32nd President of Colombia|
7 August 2010 – 7 August 2018
|Vice President||Angelino Garzón|
Germán Vargas Lleras
|Preceded by||Álvaro Uribe|
|Succeeded by||Iván Duque Márquez|
|President pro tempore of the Pacific Alliance|
30 June 2017 – 24 July 2018
|Preceded by||Michelle Bachelet|
|Succeeded by||Martin Vizcarra|
23 May 2013 – 20 June 2014
|Preceded by||Sebastián Piñera|
|Succeeded by||Enrique Peña Nieto|
|Minister of National Defense|
19 July 2006 – 18 May 2009
|Preceded by||Camilo Ospina Bernal|
|Succeeded by||Freddy Padilla de León (acting)|
|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|
|Minister of Foreign Trade|
18 November 1991 – 7 August 1994
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Mazuera Gómez|
|Presidential Designate of Colombia|
|Preceded by||Humberto De la Calle|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
10 August 1951
|Political party||Liberal Party (Before 2005)|
Social Party of National Unity (2005–present)
|Spouse(s)||Silvia Amaya Londoño (divorced)|
María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera (m. 1987–present)
|Alma mater||University of Kansas|
London School of Economics
|Awards||Nobel Peace Prize (2016)|
|Years of service||1967–1971|
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 war 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 65 years old, and is from one of the most politically influential families of Colombia. He is married to Maria and has three children.
He left office on 7 August 2018 and was replaced by conservative Iván Duque Márquez.
- Forero, Juan (2010-08-08). "Juan Manuel Santos takes oath as Colombia's new president". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post Company. https://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,""
- "Colombian president to visit KU Sept. 24". Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas. 4 September 2012. http://archive.news.ku.edu/2012/september/4/santos.shtml. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- Historical Challenge. Semana International. 13 August 2010. http://www.semana.com/noticias-print-edition/historical-challenge/143004.aspx. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
- "The Nobel Peace Prize for 2016". Nobelprize.org. 07/10/2016. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2016/press.html.