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Marlene Molina

President Ricardo Lagos
The President of Chile is both the chief of state and the head of government. Currently, the President is elected by popular vote to serve for a period of six years, without immediate reelection. However, changes to the Constitution, enacted on Agust 26, 2005, reduced the President’s mandate to four years starting in 2006, also without immediate reelection. The shorter period allows for joint parliamentary and presidential elections.
Ricardo Lagos was born in Santiago, Chile. He was the only child of Froilбn Lagos Sepъlveda (who died when he was eight years old) and Emma Escobar Morales (who passed away in April 2005 at age 108). He attended primary school at Liceo Manuel de Salas and high school at the Instituto Nacional.
In 1954, Lagos was admitted into law school at the Universidad de Chile. He took his first steps into politics between 1955 and 1959. He was chosen as student body president and gave his first speech at the same location where Salvador Allende had spoken to the president of Guatemala, Juan Jose Arevalo, just two minutes earlier.
In 1960, Lagos concluded his law studies. The title of his thesis, “The Concentration of the Economic Power,” received the highest distinction and became a publishing success, with five published editions. In the paper, he discusses the existence of economic groups, which earned him an interview in Time magazine and an editorial in the newspaper La Naciуn, which called him “The Mozart of the economy”.
Lagos became a lawyer and married Carmen Weber, with whom he had two children, Ricardo and Ximena. After obtaining his Ph.D, and upon returning to Chile, he annulled this marriage.
In 1969, he met Luisa Durбn de La Fuente, and they married in 1971. The couple shared the parenting of the children of Lagos’ first marriage, the children of Durбn’s first marriage, Hernбn and Alejandro, and their only child together, Francisca.

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