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Ricardo Lagos

Ricardo Froilan Lagos Escobar is a lawyer, economist and social democrat politician, who served as president of Chile from 2000 to 2006. He won the 1999-2000 presidential election by a narrow margin in a runoff over Independent Democrat Union (UDI) candidate Joaquin Lavin. Lagos was the third president from the center-left Coalition of Parties for Democracy to have ruled Chile since 1990. He was succeeded on March 11, 2006 by Socialist Michelle Bachelet, from the same coalition. Since May 2007 he has served as a Special Envoy on Climate Change for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Lagos was born in Santiago, Chile. He was the only child of Froilan Lagos Sepulveda (a farmer who died when his son was eight years old) and Emma Escobar Morales (who died in April 2005 at age 108). He attended primary school at Liceo Manuel de Salas and high school at the prestigious Instituto Nacional.

Lagos became a lawyer and married Carmen Weber, with whom he had two children, Ricardo and Ximena. After obtaining his Ph.D. in the U.S., he annulled this marriage. (Divorce was not legal in Chile until 2004.)

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Ricardo Lagos sera profesor en universidad de EE.UU.

Democracy and Development Foundation

Extended biography by the CIDOB Foundation

BBC Profile: Ricardo Lagos

Lagos's undergraduate thesis: "The Concentration of Economic Power"

The Lagos Legacy and Chile's Upcoming Elections

Americas Quarterly

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