Juan Manuel Santos

Juan Manuel Santos

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Personal details
Born
Juan Manuel Santos Calderón

(1951-08-10) 10 August 1951 (age 68)
Bogotá, Colombia
Political partyLiberal Party (Before 2005)
Social Party of National Unity (2005–present)
Spouse(s)Silvia Amaya Londoño (divorced)
ChildrenMartín
María Antonia
Esteban
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
London School of Economics
Tufts University
Harvard University
AwardsNobel Peace Prize (2016)
SignatureJuan Manuel Santos's signature
Military service
Allegiance23x15px Colombia
Branch/serviceColombian Navy
Years of service1967–1971

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (born 10 August 1951) is a Colombian politician. He became the President of Colombia on 7 August 2010.[1] Santos replaces Álvaro Uribe as president.

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 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 [2]

He left office on 7 August 2018 and was replaced by conservative Iván Duque Márquez.

References

  • Forero, Juan (2010-08-08). "Juan Manuel Santos takes oath as Colombia's new president". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2010-08-13. I will preside over a government of national unity that will bring social prosperity for all Colombians,
  1. "Historical Challenge". Semana International. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  2. "The Nobel Peace Prize for 2016". The Nobel Peace Prize for 2016. Nobelprize.org. 07/10/2016. Check date values in: |date= (help)