Guillermo Rodríguez (politician)

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General
Guillermo Rodríguez
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President of Ecuador
In office
February 15, 1972 – January 11, 1976
Preceded by José María Velasco Ibarra
Succeeded by Alfredo Poveda
Personal details
Born (1924-11-04) November 4, 1924 (age 90)
Pujilí, Ecuador
Spouse(s) Aída Judith León
Alma mater School of the Americas
Religion Roman Catholic

Guillermo Rodríguez Lara (born November 4, 1924), known as "Bombita", is a former military dictator of Ecuador who was in power from February 15, 1972 to January 11, 1976. He took courses in C&R&Bn Staff, Irregular Warfare Orientation, and Maintenance Management at the School of the Americas in Panama. As commander of the army, he led a military coup d'etat executed by a navy commander named Jorge Queirolo G. and forced president José María Velasco into exile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. During his rule, drilling the country's oil reserves funded the construction of hospitals, schools, roads (notably, paving the Quito-Tulcán road), the oil refinery at Esmeraldas, and new equipment for the armed services. The military removed him from power in 1976.

Preceded by
José María Velasco
President of Ecuador
1972-1976
Succeeded by
Alfredo Poveda

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