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President of Colombia


Juan Manuel SantosJuan Manuel Santos

Date of Birth: 10 August 1951
Birth Place: Bogota, Colombia
Political Party: Social Party of National Unity
Arrival in Power: 7 August 2010
Religion: Roman Catholic
Profession: Economist

Biography:


Juan Manuel Santos was born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1951. He is the current President of Colombia. He is an economist by trade and studied at the Universities of Kansas, Harvard, Tufts and also at the London School of Economics.


Juan Manuel Santos has a distinguished career as an economist, working as the Minister of Foreign Trade for Colombia, and also serving in several economic functions for the United Nations for nearly a decade. In 2006 he became the Minister of Defense of Colombia where he played an important role in the conflict against FARC rebels. In 2010 he ran in the presidential elections, following his victory he assumed office on August 7th 2010.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Manuel_Santos

Updated on: December 13, 2001

 

 

Former President of Colombia


Alvaro UribeAlvaro Uribe

Date of Birth: 4 July 1952
Birth Place: Medellin, Colombia
Political Party: Colombia First
Arrival in Power: 7 August 2002
Religion: Roman Catholic
Profession: Lawyer

Biography:


Alvaro Uribe was born in Medellin, Colombia, in 1952. He is the 39th and current President of Colombia. He obtained a law degree from the University of Antioquia, and also attended Harvard and Oxford universities. He began his career in the civil service, holding several key posts and was eventually elected as the mayor of his home town of Medellin in 1982. In 1986 he was elected as a senator for the region of Antioquia, he held this post until 1994. In 1995 he became the governor of Antioquia and held this post until 1997. He ran in the 2002 presidential elections and won, he ran again in 2006 and was successfully re-elected. He is a well known American ally and has received several recognitions from his American allies.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81lvaro_Uribe_V%C3%A9lez

Updated on: December 13, 2011