Mariana Veliz is the proud wife of Latin American politician, Andrés Arauz -currently in the run to become Ecuador’s next president.
Mariana’s husband is a career politician and public servant who was named Minister of Knowledge and Human Talent during the Correa administration.
Born Andrés Arauz Galarza on February 6, 1985; the Ecuadorian earned a Bachelor of Science in Economy and Mathematics from Michigan University. In addition he holds a doctorate in financial economy from UNAM.
The leftwing candidate won the first round of Ecuador’s presidential election with about 32% of the vote, not quite there yet for an outright victory. Reports say he will be going into run-off in April.
So who is the woman behind the man? Let’s meet Mariana Veliz in her top facts below.
1. She lived in Mexico for a while
Mariana Veliz was born in Manabí; which is a province in Ecuador.
She and her husband, lived in Mexico for a few years; during the time he attended UNAM -the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
2. She is a mom
Since their nuptials the couple has welcomed one child. Mariana Veliz is the mother of the couple’s only child, a son named David.
3. She apparently speaks Russian
Mariana’s husband is fluent in several languages including, Spanish, English, French and Russian. According to local reports, during their courtship Arauz spoke in Russian to Mariana as a way to practice it.
4. Her father in-law is in the petroleum business
Mariana Veliz, the political spouse and mother has appeared next to her husband during public events which shoes her support to her husband. That said, the dark haired lady is quite private and apparently enjoys a low profile.
Her husband on the other hand is the son of Luis Alberto Arauz -an Ecuadorian businessman and owner of Universal Petroleum Services.
5. To be elected her husband will replace the outgoing president, Lenín Moreno.
Though he is only 36, Arauz has worked for the government since he was in his early 20’s. He has 15 years experience in public service where he began working in 2009.
In addition, Arauz also managed three companies of the banker and businessman Alejandro Peñafiel, extradited in 2000 from Spain.
Arauz proposals have been questioned by analysts; he promised to increase financial aid and public spending to rekindle economic growth, pledging to give $1,000 (£733) each to one million female heads of household, while providing $3bn to local governments, and subsidies and credits for the public sector.
However, the country’s high indebtedness and the recession caused by the coronavirus make people doubt how feasible his words are.
Find her husband on IG here.