WHY IN NEWS?
- Guillermo Lasso, a conservative, assumed presidency of Ecuador on May 24, 2021 and has become first right-wing leader in 14 years in Ecuador.
Guillermo Alberto Santiago Lasso Mendoza
- He is a banker, businessman, writer and politician who recently became 47th president of Ecuador. He is the first center-right president in two decades.
- Ecuador is a country in north-western South America.
- It is surrounded by Colombia to the north, Peru to the east & south, and Pacific Ocean to the west. Galapagos Islands in Pacific is also a part of Ecuador.
- Capital-Quito; Official language- Spanish.
- It is a founding member of United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement and Organization of American States.
- It is the first country in world to recognise rights of nature or ecosystem rights through Constitution of Ecuador in 2008.