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Antanas Mockus Biography

18 November, 2019

Full name: Aurelijus Rutenis Antanas Mockus Šivickas.

Birth: March 25, 1952 (60 years old) Bogotá, Colombia.

Aurelijus Rutenis Antanas Mockus Šivickas is a Colombian politician, philosopher and mathematician of Lithuanian origin. Master’s degree in philosophy from the National University of Colombia, degree in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Dijon, honorary doctorate from the University of Paris XIII and the National University of Colombia. He has served twice as Mayor of Bogotá, Vice-President (1998) and President of the Republic (2006 and 2010). He was a member of the Green Party until 9 June 2011.

Son of Alfonsas Mockus and the sculptor and potter Nijole Šivickas of Mockus, Lithuanian immigrants.

In 1995, he was elected Mayor of Bogotá. Under the leadership of Mockus, Bogotá found improvements such as: water consumption was reduced by 40%, 7,000 community safety groups were formed and the homicide rate was reduced by 70%, deaths on roads were reduced by more than 50%, water was provided to all households (compared to 79% in 1993) and sanitation to 95% (compared to 71%). When he asked residents to pay an additional voluntary tax of 10%, 63,000 people did. 

In August 2009, Mockus and two other former mayors of Bogota (Enrique Peñalosa and Luis Eduardo Garzón) joined a new political movement, the Green Party of Colombia, and decided that one of them would run in the presidential elections. from Colombia. 2010. Mockus, Peñalosa and Garzón launched an innovative campaign in which their qualification and preparation for work were recognized and honored. They therefore invited voters to choose one of the three. At a popular consultation held on March 14, 2010, Mockus was largely won. 

On April 4, 2010, Antanas Mockus is qualified to participate in a second round with Juan Manuel Santos, whom Mockus lost with 27.5% of the votes.

On April 9, 2010, he announced by radio that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease: “It is expected that it will not affect my mental activities, I think it is absolutely appropriate to tell people that the diagnosis and prognosis is 12 years or more of normal life thanks to drugs.Mockus

 resigned from the Green Party in June 2011 for his opposition to the mayoral candidate of Bogotá, who enjoys the support of the former right-wing president Álvaro Uribe .

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