Margarita Cedeño de Fernández
|Margarita Cedeño de Fernández|
|39th Vice President of the Dominican Republic|
16 August 2012
|Preceded by||Rafael Alburquerque|
|First Lady of the Dominican Republic|
16 August 2004 – 16 August 2012
|Preceded by||Rosa Gómez|
|Succeeded by||Cándida Montilla|
|Born||Margarita María Cedeño Lizardo
May 1, 1965
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|Political party||Dominican Liberation Party|
|Spouse(s)||Leonel Fernández (m. 2003)|
|Alma mater||Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (Ph.D.)
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (M.A.)
University of Salamanca (M.A.)
|Website||Twitter : @margaritacdf|
Margarita María Cedeño Lizardo,[note 1] widely known as Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, is the current Vice-President of the Dominican Republic. She is married to former President Leonel Fernández and during his tenure she was the First Lady.
Early and personal life
Cedeño was born on 1 May 1965 in Santo Domingo to Luis Emilio Cedeño Matos and Margarita Lizardo. She worked with local law firms in the Dominican Republic, among which the law firm of Doctor Abel Rodríguez del Orbe and Fernández y Asociados, where she is an associate member. During the years 1996-2000, she assisted as legal counselor to the President nominated as Sub-secretary of State. Besides being ad honorem counselor and director of the Legal and Investment Environment Management of the Office for the Promotion of Foreign Investment of the Dominican Republic.
She has a Doctorate in Law from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and a Masters in Economic Legislation from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. She also has participated in courses and seminars at Georgetown and Harvard University in the United States and Geneva University in Switzerland.
When she was the First Lady (2004-2012), she and her staff coordinate social policies for her husband's administration, generating programs of health and education for children, young people, single mothers and the family, in general, as a key element in society.
2012 Presidential Elections
On April 10, 2011 in a meeting of the Central Committee (Comité Central) of the Dominican Liberation Party, she registered her pre-candidature for the 2012 presidential elections. She was elected Vice President to Danilo Medina on 20 May 2012. She became the second woman to serve as Vice-President after Milagros Ortiz Bosch was elected under former President Hipolito Mejia in 2000-2004.
- This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cedeño and the second or maternal family name is Lizardo.
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- "Biografia". PUCMM. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
- "Margarita Cedeño, la popular primera dama que se convirtió en vicepresidenta". El Comercio. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. EFE. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
- "Excma. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández - Embajadora Extraordinaria de la FAO". FAO. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
- "PLD aprueba 7 aspirantes para escoger su candidato el 26 de junio". El Nuevo Diario. 2011-04-10. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
- (French) French biography
|Vice President of the Dominican Republic