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Marta Lucía Ramírez

Incumbent
Assumed office 
July 20, 2006

In office
August 2002 – November 9, 2003
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Preceded by Gustavo Adolfo Bell Lemus
Succeeded by Jorge Alberto Uribe Echavarría

In office
February 2002 – July 2002
Preceded by Daniel Parfait
Succeeded by Jaime Castro Castro

In office
August 1998 – January 2002
President Andrés Pastrana Arango
Preceded by Carlos Ronderos Torres
Succeeded by Ángela María Orozco Gómez

Born April 7, 1954 (1954-04-07) (age 55)
Bogotá, DC, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Social National Unity
Alma mater Pontifical Xavierian University
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer
Website http://martaluciaramirez.com

Marta Lucía Ramírez (born July 4, 1954) is a Colombian lawyer, diplomat and politician. She has been ambassador of Colombia to France, the first Colombian woman to be minister of defense, foreign exchange and senator in the Congress of Colombia. Currently she is running for the presidential elections of 2010. On July 7, 2009 the Council of State canceled her period as senator for irregularities in her election to Congress in 2006.[1][2][3][4]

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Early years

Ramírez studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and later did post graduate studies on Commerce law, Higher Management, Financial legislation. She obtained a Fellow from Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, specializing on topics related to foreign commerce.

Political career

Between 1990 and 1991 Ramírez was appointed as Director of the Colombian Institute for Foreign Commerce before this entity being transformed into the Ministry of Foreign Commerce with Juan Manuel Santos as minister and she as her vice minister from 1991 until 1994 during the presidency of César Gaviria.

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Minister of Foreign Commerce

She returned to Colombia and was appointed by President Andres Pastrana as minister of Foreign Commerce from 1998 until 2002.

Ambassador of Colombia in France

In 2002 Ramírez was then appointed as ambassador of Colombia in France for a few months. With the election of Álvaro Uribe as President of Colombia, Ramírez went back to Colombia.

Minister of Defense

President Uribe decided to appoint Ramírez as Minister of Defense becoming the second woman in Latin America to ever hold this title, after Michelle Bachelet who later became President of Chile. She served in this position from 2002 until 2003.

Senator of Colombia

After the ministry of defense Ramírez became a national and international adviser for the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2006 Ramírez ran for congress representing the Social National Unity Party (U) in the legislative elections of 2006. She was elected senator with 64,966 votes.[5]

Due to internal differences within the party the collectivity elected Carlos García Orjuela as head of the political party. Ramírez and other members of the party like senators Gina Parody and Armando Benedetti, and chamber representative Nicolás Uribe organized a dissidence.

References

  1. ^ W Radio y EFE: "Cerca de 34 mil votos al senado fueron anulados por El Consejo de Estado", Bogotá, 7 de julio de 2009. Enlace revizado el 8 de julio de 2009. Cita: "De igual forma, el magistrado Ostau de Lafont dijo que se le canceló la credencial como congresista a Marta Lucía Ramírez, por haber contratado con el Estado 6 meses antes de su elección."
  2. ^ Marta Lucía Ramírez: "Comunicado de Marta Lucía Ramírez a la opinión pública", Bogotá, 8 de julio de 2009. Enlace revizado el 8 de julio de 2009.
  3. ^ Colombia Reports: "Court annuls 2006 election of senators", Medellín, July 8, 2009. Link retrieved on July 8, 2009.
  4. ^ Colombia Passport Magazine: "Court nullifies Senate votes", Medellín, July 8, 2009. Link retrieved on July 8, 2009.
  5. ^ (Spanish) Revista Semana: Marta Lucía Ramírez

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