Dilian Francisca Toro
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Dilian Francisca Toro Torres MD is a Colombian doctor and politician serving as Senator of Colombia. As Senator, Toro was elected President of the Congress of Colombia becoming only the second woman to do so.
Dilian Francisca Toro Torres was born on January 6, 1959, in Guacari, Colombia. She began her life in the public service when she was only 15 years old as a founder member of the Casa de la Cultura of Guacari and started working with groups at risk.
In 1996, she married former Senator Julio Cesar Caycedo Zamorano in a religious ceremony officiated in the San Juan Bautista de Guacari church, that same year she was named Secretary of Health for the Department of Valle del Cauca. Toro inherited the political support once held by the former liberal party leader in Valle del Cauca Carlos Abadia who was jailed as part of the 8000 process scandal, in which members of the Cali Cartel financed the political campaigns of numerous politicians including the presidential campaign of Ernesto Samper who resulted elected.
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