Who is President Luis Guillermo Solís?

June 12, 2014

On Thursday, President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís, 56, became Costa Rica’s 47th president.

While Solís has never held elected office before, the president has a served in the Foreign Ministry of several administrations, including from 1986-1990, when he worked with former Foreign Minister Rodrigo Madrigal on the Central American peace plan. From 1994 to 1998 he was Costa Rica’s ambassador for Central American affairs.

He also served as secretary general of the National Liberation Party, which he left in 2005, before joining the Citizen Action Party.

Solís is a graduate of the University of Costa Rica and has a master’s in political science and sociology from Tulane University. With 30 years as an educator, the president has also taught at the University of Michigan, and the University of Florida.

His unmarried partner, Mercedes Peñas Domingo, who is also a political scientist, has worked to strengthen local governments across Central America and will serve as First Lady.

President Solís has six children, Mónica, Cristina, Beatriz, Diego, Ignacio and Inés.

Recommended: Costa Rican presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solís: ‘It’s not going to be business as usual’

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

The Tico Times Dispatch: An interview with journalist and economist David Ching
Politics
267 views
Politics
267 views

The Tico Times Dispatch: An interview with journalist and economist David Ching

Alejandro Zúñiga - October 23, 2018

Costa Rica’s Plenary Court rejected the proposed tax reform bill last week and asked that four sections of the initiative…

Soy pico rojo: the new form of protest in Nicaragua
La Prensa
479 views
La Prensa
479 views

Soy pico rojo: the new form of protest in Nicaragua

La Prensa - October 23, 2018

Social media has been filled with photos of men and women wearing red lipstick as a way of protest Daniel…

HolaLola: Capturing Costa Rica’s essence in art
Pic of the Day
553 views
Pic of the Day
553 views

HolaLola: Capturing Costa Rica’s essence in art

Alissa Grosskopf - October 23, 2018

You have probably seen Priscilla Aguirre's art at HolaLola before. It captures the beauty of Costa Rica's nature and culture…