Ecuador got the youngest president in history, he is only 35 years old

Noboa will now have a difficult task to face the problems in the country

by Sededin Dedovic
Ecuador got the youngest president in history, he is only 35 years old
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Noboa secured a decisive victory in the election held on Sunday, October 15, capturing 52.3% of the popular vote. In contrast, his opponent, Luisa Gonzalez, garnered 47.7% of the electorate's support, as confirmed by the BBC's official report.

Hailing from the ranks of the National Democratic Action party, Noboa's term in office will be a relatively brief 17 months, bridging the gap until the upcoming election in May 2025. This abbreviated tenure is a consequence of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the previous election.

Outgoing President Guillermo Laso dissolved the parliament amid an impeachment trial, triggering an early election. Should he choose, Noboa remains eligible to run for another presidential term in 2025-29. After winning the second round of voting, Noboa told his supporters: "Tomorrow we start work for a new Ecuador, we start working to rebuild a country seriously affected by violence, corruption and hatred".

Ecuador has been fighting drug gangs for years, which threaten to become an even bigger problem

Ecuador grapples with mounting challenges, including a concerning surge in gang violence over recent years. The presidential campaign itself was marred by the tragic assassination of candidate Fernando Villavicencio, a journalist and anti-corruption advocate, in August.

Violent crime has escalated dramatically, and Ecuador now stands as a focal point for drug cartels, thanks to its strategic location between Colombia and Peru, the world's two primary cocaine producers. In response to these challenges, Noboa has put forward a multifaceted strategy.

He proposes the transfer of some of Ecuador's most hardened criminals to prison ships anchored off the nation's coastline. This unconventional approach aims to disband the prison gangs responsible for internal conflicts. Noboa also emphasizes the need to bolster security at Ecuador's borders and ports, disrupting the vital drug trafficking routes.

Among his solutions, Noboa advocates the installation of advanced scanning technology to enhance the interception of cocaine shipments. Furthermore, he has made a commitment to expand employment opportunities in Ecuador, an issue of paramount importance to the electorate.