Alejandro Char Chaljub
|Alejandro Char Chaljub|
|Alejandro Char on Political Campaign|
|Mayor of Barranquilla|
1 January 2008 – 31 December 2011
|Preceded by||Guillermo Hoenigsberg Bornacelly|
|Succeeded by||Elsa Noguera|
|57th Governor of Atlántico|
21 April 2003 – 1 January 2004
|Preceded by||Ventura Díaz Mejía|
|Succeeded by||Carlos Rodado Noriega|
16 April 1966 |
Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
|Political party||Radical Change|
|Spouse(s)||Katia Nule Marino (1999-present)|
|Relations||Fuad Char Abdala (father)
Arturo Char Chaljub (brother)
Siad Char Chaljub (sister) David Char Navas (cousin)
|Children||Alejandro Char Nule
Mariana Char Nule
|Alma mater||Universidad del Norte (B.Sc.)|
Alejandro "Álex" Char Chaljub (born 16 April 1966)[dead link] was the Mayor of Barranquilla (2008-2011). A Civil Engineer and a politician with the Radical Change Party, he ran in 2000 for the Governorship of the Department of Atlántico, but initial ballot results gave victory to his contender Ventura Díaz Mejía. After a lengthy and often criticized process, the Administrative Supreme Court of Colombia reviewed the election results and found Char to be rightful winner of the race and allowed him to serve the remaining period of his term in 2003.
In 2007 he was elected Mayor or Barranquilla with 221,625 votes equivalent to 58.38% of the total vote, the biggest margin of votes in the Mayoral election history of Barranquilla, and according to a Invamer/Gallup poll, Char had a 75% approval rating in April 2008, the best ranked mayor of Colombia, a statistic that grew to an 80% approval rating at the end of 2008.
Alejandro comes from a well established and influential, Arab-Colombian family, he is the son of Fuad Char Abdala, a Liberal Senator of Colombia and former Minister of Economic Development, and Ambassador of Colombia to Portugal, and his wife Adela Chaljub Char. His brother, Arturo Char Chaljub was also Senator of Colombia, as is his cousin David Char Navas. Many of his relatives, are shareholders of the Junior Barranquilla, the city's foremost soccer team. He married Katia Nule Marino on 2 September 1999, also of Arab descent and a former winner of the Miss Carnival of Barranquilla pageant, she is the daughter of former Ministry of Mines and Energy and Minister of Communications Guido Alberto Nule Amín, and of Ginger Marino Mendoza, a lawyer and activist. Together they have two children, Alejandro and Mariana.
- "Curriculum Vitae of Alejandro Char" (in Spanish). Official Campaign Site of Alejandro Char. Retrieved 2010-10-26.[dead link]
- "Alejandro Char, Nuevo Gobernador" [Alejandro Char, New Governor]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2003-04-22. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
- "Boletin Informativo Nº 38" (in Spanish). National Civil Registry of Colombia. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
- Ardila Arrieta, Laura (2009-02-07). "La buena estrella de Alejandro Char" [The Good Star of Alejandro Char]. El Espectador (in Spanish): 1. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
- "Reseña Histórica De La C.P.D. Júnior" [Historical Review of the CDP Junior] (in Spanish). Junior Barranquilla. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
- "Nule Marino & Char Chaljub". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 1999-09-02.