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|The Right Honourable|
37th President of Carloso
|Assumed office |
11 February 2011
|Preceded by||Montero Irizar|
|Minister for Finance|
11 February 2006 – 11 February 2011
|Member of Parliament|
for New Belfast
|Assumed office |
11 February 2001
|Born|| Cárlos Esteban Tobón|
7 November 1968
|Political party|| National Salvation|
| Other political
|Spouse(s)||Nicolasa Mendoza (m. 1995)|
|Alma mater||Madrigal Metropolitan University|
|Years of service||1987–1990|
Cárlos Esteban Tobón (born 7 November 1968) is a Carlosian statesman, barrister and Army veteran who has served as the President of Carloso since 11 February 2011. He is also the current leader of the National Salvation party and a former member of the Conservative Party. Born and raised in the suburb of New Belfast, Madrigal to a largely Hispanic family, Tobón first came to national attention for his service during the Second Battle of Victory in the Bourgougian Blitz. After the war, he studied Law at Madrigal Metropolitan University and became an active member of the Conservative Party. After working as a junior counsel for several years, Tobón was elected to Madrigal Corporation in 1995. He became a Member of Parliament for New Belfast in the 2000 general election. Tobón quickly became a noted figure within the traditionalist wing of the Conservative Party, and became friendly with fellow Blitz veterans including George Spalding, Estebán Santander and Army General Régulo Moran. When the Conservatives and Democratic Party formed coalition after the 2005 general election, Tobón became an outspoken opponent of cooperation with the Democrats. In an attempt to pacify dissent within the Party, President Montero Irizar appointed Tobón as Minister for Finance in 2007.
As Minister for Finance, Tobón tried to introduce sweeping monetary and fiscal reforms to reduce the national debt and restart economic growth, however these were blocked repeatedly by the Democrats. At the same time, the Democrat agenda of social reforms; which was agreed upon as part of the coalition agreement, saw many, more moderate members of the Conservative Party to look to Tobón and George Spalding for leadership, rather than President Irizar. When the Democrats began to push for the legalisation of same-sex marriage and abortion in the run-up to the 2010 general election; eventually leading to President Irizar announcing that a referendum would be held on abortion that year, Tobón formed an organised faction within the Conservative Party to oppose the referendum, calling it the Alliance for the National Salvation of the Fatherland. In the aftermath of the Attorney General v. Q case, the destruction of the Supreme Court and mass rioting in the streets of major Carlosian cities, Tobón led a wave of mass resignations from the Conservative Party, co-founding National Salvation to contest the general election and becoming a key figure in the violent Blue Revolution.
A combination of the defections of many key Conservative figures, a military intervention led by General Moran and an attempt to flee the country by President Irizar caused Conservative support to implode, loosing well over half their seats in the 2010 election, with the Democrats suffering similar loses. National Salvation achieved a shock plurality of the vote, entering into a coalition with the Rural Independents Group to form a government. Tobón was elected President of Carloso, taking office on 11 February 2011, with George Spalding as his Deputy. He immediately began the process of overhauling the Carlosian economy and rolling back the social policies of the previous government, renationalising many key industries, reintroducing the ban on divorce, stopping the state's recognition of same-sex civil partnerships and reinforcing the constitutional ban on abortion. Within a year of taking office, Tobón ordered the withdrawal of Carloso from the World Assembly (WA) after a hotly contested referendum returned a result in favour of leaving.
Critics of Cárlos Tobón have broadly described his Presidency as being illberal and authoritarian. His social conservatism, nationalist outlook and rollback of liberal social reforms have resulted in widespread condemnation, both domestically and internationally. Tobón remains a popular political figure in Carloso, with an approval rating as high as 73% as of late 2018.
First years in parliament
First term (2011–2016)
Second term (2016–present)
Cárlos Esteban Tobón
|Reference style||The President|
|Alternative style||Mr Tobón or Sir|