Daniel Noboa, a 35-year-old businessman, is about to make history as Ecuador’s youngest president. He secured a victory in Sunday’s election with 52.3% of the vote, surpassing Luisa González, who gracefully conceded defeat and extended her congratulations to him.
Mr. Noboa, a member of the National Democratic Action party, is the son of Álvaro Noboa, who made five unsuccessful presidential bids. However, Daniel Noboa’s presidential term will be relatively short, as he will have only 17 months in office until the next election.
His tenure will span from the end of November 2023 to May 2025, a result of the early election triggered by outgoing President Guillermo Lasso’s dissolution of parliament amid an impeachment trial. Should he choose, Mr. Noboa can run again for the 2025-29 presidential term.
They will officially inaugurate Mr. Noboa as president on November 25, just five days before his 36th birthday.
second round of voting
After winning the second round of voting, Mr. Noboa voiced his commitment to rebuilding a country that violence, corruption, and animosity have severely impacted..In recent years, gang violence has surged in Ecuador, and the assassination of candidate Fernando Villavicencio in August overshadowed the presidential campaign. Villavicencio, a journalist, had been a vocal advocate against corruption.
Violent crime has risen significantly, and Ecuador has become a focal point for drug gangs due to its strategic location between Colombia and Peru, the world’s top two cocaine producers.
Daniel Noboa has proposed a multifaceted approach to address these challenges. He envisions relocating some of Ecuador’s most hardened criminals to prison ships off the country’s coast to dismantle the prison gangs responsible for deadly violence within the correctional facilities. Additionally, he plans to bolster security at Ecuador’s borders and ports, implementing advanced scanning technology to intercept more cocaine shipments.
Furthermore, he aims to stimulate the economy by promising increased employment opportunities for the citizens of Ecuador.