|Superminister of Economy|
17 August 1999 – 24 September 1999
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Governor of Guayas|
10 August 1998 – 17 August 1999
|Preceded by||Rafael Guerrero Valenzuela|
|Succeeded by||Benjamín Rosales Valenzuela|
|Born||Guillermo Alberto Santiago Lasso Mendoza|
16 November 1955
|Political party||Creating Opportunities|
|Spouse(s)||María de Lourdes Alcívar Crespo|
Guillermo Alberto Santiago Lasso Mendoza (born 16 November 1955) is an Ecuadorian businessman and politician. In the Ecuadorian general election, 2013 he was presidential candidate for the party Creating Opportunities. He landed in second place with 22.68% of valid votes but as incumbent President Rafael Correa received more than double that amount, namely 57.17%. Lasso is, through a trust named with his initials, GLM, the largest share holder in Banco de Guayaquil, where he has been executive president for more than 20 years.
In early 2017, Lasso launched his second presidential campaign to succeed incumbent President Correa for the conservative Creating Opportunities party in the 2017 presidential elections, as Correa had already served his two-term constitutionally defined limit. His campaign's theme was one of "change" and he pledged to create one million more jobs in Ecuador. Lasso received 48.84% and lost to Lenín Moreno.
In February 2017, Lasso said in an interview with a British newspaper that in case of his victory in the presidential election he would “cordially ask” Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London within 30 days.
According to information from the Inspectorate of Banks of Panamá, revealed by the Argentine newspaper Página 12, Guillermo Lasso is associated with forty-nine offshore companies located in tax havens. His fortune would have jumped from $1 million to $31 million between 1999 and 2002, after his brief passage to the government.
- CREO enrolled Lasso-Solines binomial
- "In that case the opposition should unite around a single candidate who, according to ARCOP, would be Guillermo Lasso, with 26% of voter preference in the same survey." Correa’s reelection is uncertain
- Mark Weisbrot: Media can't ignore financial scandal in Ecuador's presidential election, TheHill, 24. March 2017
- Guillermo Lasso inicia su campaña electoral visitando puerta a puerta a ciudadanos en Guayaquil, ecuadorinmediato.com, 2017-01-03 (Spanish)
- Lenin Again Wins Ecuador's Presidential Race After Recount, teleSUR English, 18 April 2017
- Ecuador presidential hopeful promises to evict Julian Assange from embassy, The Guardian, 9. February 2017
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