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Profile: Colombia's new President Juan Manuel Santos

08-07-2010 15:47 BJT

BOGOTA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Juan Manuel Santos will take office Saturday as Colombia's new president for a four-year term. Following is a profile of the new president.

Santos was born in a politician's family in Bogota on Aug. 10, 1951. After finishing secondary school, he joined the Colombian Naval Academy in Cartagena.

After his military service, he studied at the University of Kansas in the United States and London School of Economics and Political Science and obtained his Master's degree in Economy and Economic Development.

He received his further education at Harvard University, gaining his second Master's degree in public administration.

He entered politics after the 1970s with the help of his great uncle Eduardo Santos, who was president of Colombia between 1938 and 1942 and founder of El Tiempo, the most important newspaper in Colombia.

Juan Manuel Santos served as foreign trade minister in the government of President Cesar Gaviria from 1990 to 1994 and as finance minister in the government of President Andres Pastrana from 1988 to 2002. In the current government of President Alvaro Uribe, he was defense minister.

Santos is married to Maria Clemencia Rodriguez and has three children.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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