María Paula Romo

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María Paula Romo
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Romo in 2018
Interior Minister of Ecuador
Assumed office
31 August 2018
PresidentLenín Moreno
Preceded byMauro Toascanini
Member of the National Assembly
In office
Member of the Constituent Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born (1979-06-04) June 4, 1979 (age 39)
Quito, Ecuador
Alma materUniversidad San Francisco de Quito

María Paula Romo (born 4 June 1979)[1] is an Ecuadorian feminist politician. She currently serves as Interior Minister under President Lenin Moreno.[2]

She was a member of the Constituent Assembly that crafted Ecuador's current Constitution between 2007 and 2008. She later won a seat at the National Assembly of Ecuador for the period 2009-2013. In 2011 she was ranked fourth among the new faces of Iberoamerican thought by the readers of Foreign Policy, for her "commitment with democracy and women's rights".[3]

María Paula Romo in 2018, during her first day as Minister

She entered politics in 2004 as one of the founders of "Ruptura de los 25", a political leftist movement that participated in the protests that toppled then-president Lucio Gutiérrez.[4] Two years later, Ruptura de los 25 supported Rafael Correa in his successful bid to become Ecuador's President in the Ecuadorian 2006 general election.[5]

The group broke their alliance with Correa in 2010 after he took actions they perceived as authoritarian. Romo participated along Ruptura de los 25 in the 2013 general election in opposition to Correa, but she didn't keep her seat.[6]

President Lenin Moreno chose Romo as Ecuador's Interior Minister on 31 August 2018.[7]


  1. ^ Romo's personal website. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  2. ^ "María Paula Romo, tercera ministra del Interior del régimen de Lenín Moreno". El Universo (in Spanish). 3 September 2018. Archived from the original on 4 September 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  3. ^ esGlobal. LOS 10 NUEVOS ROSTROS DEL PENSAMIENTO IBEROAMERICANO. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Cronología: Ruptura de los 25". El Comercio (in Spanish). 3 November 2012. Archived from the original on 1 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Ruptura de los 25 y su alianza con el Gobierno". El Comercio (in Spanish). 3 November 2012. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  6. ^ "¿Qué harán 10 candidatos que perdieron?". Hoy (in Spanish). 21 February 2013. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  7. ^ "María Paula Romo, la nueva titular del ministerio del Interior". Expreso (in Spanish). 3 September 2018. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.