Lenin Moreno Garcés, a paraplegic who served as vice president of Ecuador from 2007 to 2013, may become his nation’s next president. Moreno has been selected by the nation’s ruling party, Alianza Pais, as its next leader following the announcement that Ecuador’s current president, Rafael Correa, will not seek a third term in 2017.
Moreno became a paraplegic in 1998 after two men robbed him in a grocery store parking lot and one of them shot him in the back. A lawyer by profession, Moreno’s term as vice-president took Ecuador’s people with disabilities from being barely regarded as citizens to people receiving housing and economic assistance, including guaranteed social security from their government
Moreno’s work earned him a nomination for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize and an appointment as the United Nations