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Smart Take | Daniel Noboa Elected Ecuador's Youngest President Ever

October 17, 20232:18

Thirty-five year-old Daniel Noboa, son of Ecuador’s richest man and five-time presidential candidate Álvaro Noboa, was elected as Ecuador’s new President this week. He will be sworn into office November 25, but will only govern for 17 months until 2025, completing the term of outgoing president, Guillermo Lasso. 

The campaign was overshadowed by unprecedented levels of violence, which saw one of the candidates, Fernando Villavicencio, assassinated days before the first round of voting in August. Beatriz Nice, Program Associate with the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, comments on the impact of the violence, what Noboa’s win means for democracy in Ecuador, and the challenges ahead for the President-elect.


Beatriz Garcia Nice

Beatriz García Nice

Associate / GBV Project Lead
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