María Alejandra Vicuña

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María Alejandra Vicuña
Maria Alejandra Vicuña asume funciones vicepresidenciales (c) - cropped.jpg
Vice President of Ecuador
Assumed office
4 October 2017
Acting: 4 October 2017 – 6 January 2018
President Lenín Moreno
Preceded by Jorge Glas
Minister of Urban Development and Housing
In office
24 May 2017 – 6 January 2018
President Lenin Moreno
Preceded by Lyne Miranda
Succeeded by Adrián Sandoya Unamuno[1]
Personal details
Born María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz
(1978-02-13) 13 February 1978 (age 40)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Nationality Ecuadorian
Political party PAIS Alliance

María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz (born 13 February 1978) is an Ecuadorean feminist politician who currently serves as the Vice President of Ecuador under President Lenin Moreno,[2] previously as the Housing and Urban Development Minister of Ecuador.[3]

Career[edit]

Vicuña was first elected to serve in the National Assembly in 2009, and was re-elected to serve again in 2013.[4] While serving in the National Assembly, she served as Vice President of the largest commission relating to the health and wellbeing of Ecuadorean citizens, and was a founding member of the Commission on Education, Science, Technology, and Communication.[5]

She was named Minister of Urban Development and Housing by President Lenin Moreno in May 2017.[6] Upon the suspension of Vice President Jorge Glas, Vicuña was named Acting Vice President until such time that Glas's corruption charges were sorted out.

Vice President of Ecuador[edit]

María Vicuña speaks after being sworn in as Vice President of Ecuador before the National Assembly

Glas was convicted for corruption in connection to the Odebrecht bribery scandal.[7] Having been absent from the Vice Presidency for more than 90 days, the National Assembly was required to vote on a nominee to permanently serve the role of Vice President.

On 6 January 2018, Vicuña was formally sworn in as Vice President of Ecuador after the National Assembly voted to approve her for the position,[8] she was confirmed after 70 assembly members voted for her to take office, 17 lawmakers voting against the nomination, and 19 abstentions.[9] She is the second woman to ever serve as Vice President of Ecuador, after Rosalía Arteaga took office in 1996.

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Jorge Glas
Vice President of Ecuador
2017-present
Acting: 2017–2018
Incumbent
Preceded by
Lyne Miranda
Minister of Urban Development and Housing of Eduador
2017-2018
Succeeded by
Adrián Sandoya Unamuno