Ecuadorian congress names new vice president

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-12 13:51:58|Editor: Li Xia
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QUITO, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's National Assembly on Tuesday designated as the country's youngest vice president ever, 35-year-old businessman, economist and radio broadcaster Otto Sonnenholzner.

Sonnenholzner was one of three candidates shortlisted by President Lenin Moreno after his vice president, Maria Alejandra Vicuna, resigned following allegations of corruption.

Sonnenholzner is Moreno's third vice president in less than two years. The first, Jorge Glas, was convicted of corruption and is serving a jail sentence.

Unlike Vicuna and Glas, Sonnenholzner is not a member of the ruling PAIS Alliance, and has no experience in the public sector.

As an economic professor, he teaches at the Catholic University of Guayaquil and has worked as a host for political talk show on the radio. Reports said he has resigned as director in a family owned company and general manager of Tropicana Radio in Guayaquil, where he was born, after being named as the vice president.

Married and the father of three, Sonnenholzner speaks English, French and German. He is to serve as vice president until Moreno's term ends in 2021.