Rafael Correa

Ecuadorian Politician and Economist
Born Apr 6, 1963

Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado, M.A. , M. Sc. , Ph.D. is the President of the Republic of Ecuador and the former president pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations. An economist educated in Ecuador, Belgium and the United States, he was elected President in late 2006 and took office in January 2007. In December 2008, he declared Ecuador's national debt illegitimate, based on the argument that it was odious debt contracted by corrupt and despotic prior regimes.… Read More

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1963 Birth Born on April 6, 1963.


1979 16 Years Old Correa was the first leftist to assume the presidency since Ecuador's transition to representative democratic governance in 1979.


1986 23 Years Old …  When attending UCSG, he was elected President of the Association of Students of Economy, Audit and Administration (AEAA) and, later on, President of the Federation of Students (FEUC) of the same education center, a position which in 1986 allowed him to preside over the Private Universities Students Federation of Ecuador (FEUPE in Spanish). … Read More
1991 28 Years Old He received a Master of Arts in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain in June 1991.


1993 30 Years Old In 1993 he was a director at the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) in Ecuador, with administrative oversight and supervision of improvement programs for the national educational system. … Read More
1998 35 Years Old He established a committee to investigate any alleged crimes within the banking sector that took place between 1998 and 2002 and which led to the country's banking crisis and bailout. … Read More
2000 37 Years Old Correa has criticized the neoliberal policies of previous presidents, particularly former president Mahuad's adoption of the U.S. dollar as Ecuador's domestic currency in 2000 to combat the country's inflation. … Read More
2002 39 Years Old Correa argued for reforms to be made to a fund that had been established on the advice of the International Monetary Fund in 2002 to collect and distribute Ecuador's oil revenue. … Read More


2005 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Born to a lower middle-class mestizo family in Guayaquil, Correa studied economics at the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, the Université catholique de Louvain, and the University of Illinois, where he received his PhD. Returning to Ecuador, in 2005 he became the Minister for the Economy in President Alfredo Palacio's government, successfully lobbying Congress for increased spending on health and education projects.
Correa won the presidency in the 2006 general election on a platform criticizing the established political elites.
Taking office in January 2007, he sought to move away from Ecuador's neoliberal economic model by reducing the influence of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. … Read More
Correa withdrew his government's ambassador in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered troops to the country's border following the 2008 Andean diplomatic crisis in early March 2008. On 3 March 2008, Colombia's police said that documents found in a camp in Ecuador where Colombian troops killed Raul Reyes, a top guerrilla boss, showed ties between the FARC rebels and Correa, including contacts about political proposals and local military commanders. … Read More
He oversaw the introduction of a new constitution, and was re-elected in 2009.
Correa announced on 3 April 2010 that he would propose to UNASUR the creation of a united front against transnationals like the US company Chevron, which he accused of attempting to destroy his country. … Read More
2011 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Correa announced a constitutional referendum, which took place on 7 May 2011. … Read More
2012 49 Years Old 1 More Event
…  An opinion poll carried out by Profiles of Opinion in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, in March 2012 indicates that 80.5% of those interviewed categorize President Correa's administration as positive.


Correa was re-elected in the 2013 general election. … Read More
2015 52 Years Old The 2015 Ecuadorian protests are a series of protests that were initiated against Ecuadorean President Correa.
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