Osvaldo Hurtado

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Osvaldo Hurtado
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President of Ecuador
In office
May 24, 1981 – August 10, 1984
Vice President León Roldós Aguilera
Preceded by Jaime Roldós Aguilera
Succeeded by León Febres Cordero
Vice President of Ecuador
In office
August 10, 1979 – May 24, 1981
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Blasco Peñaherrera Padilla
President of the 1998 Constitutional Assembly
In office
December 20, 1997 – May 8, 1998
Personal details
Born Luis Osvaldo Hurtado Larrea
(1939-06-26) June 26, 1939 (age 75)
Chambo, Chimborazo Province, Ecuador
Nationality Ecuadorian
Political party Popular Democracy
Spouse(s) Margarita Pérez
Alma mater Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
Occupation Political scientist
Religion Catholic

Luis Osvaldo Hurtado Larrea (born June 26, 1939 in Chambo, Chimborazo Province, Ecuador) is an Ecuadorian author and politician who served as President of Ecuador from 1981 to 1984.

During his studies at the Catholic University in the 1960s, Hurtado became a student leader. Afterwards, he lectured political sociology at his alma mater and at the Centro Andino of the University of New Mexico.[1] He became one of the most widely read political scientists of his home country. In 1977, he authored an influential book on Ecuadorian politics titled El Poder Político en el Ecuador (English: "Political Power in Ecuador").[1]

Hurtado drew progressive Catholics and younger professionals away from the Social Christian Party and into the Christian Democrats movement which was inspired by Christian communitarianism and Liberation theology and criticized capitalist exploitation. At the time, it was the most radical among Ecuador's non-Marxist parties and Hurtado was suspected by his right-wing opponents of being a "closet Marxist". In 1978, he merged his Christian Democrats with the progressive wing of the Conservative Party to form the Popular Democracy party.[2]

In 1979, Hurtado was chosen as running mate of presidential candidate Jaime Roldós Aguilera of the populist Concentration of People's Forces. Roldós was successful and Hurtado became vice-president. On May 24, 1981, Jaime Roldós Aguilera died in a plane crash. Hurtado succeeded Roldós Aguilera as President of Ecuador and served out the rest of his term.

Hurtado is a member of the Club of Madrid.[1]

Selected Works[edit]

  • Political Power in Ecuador, Westview Press, 1985, ISBN 0813302641 
  • Portrait of a Nation: Culture and Progress in Ecuador, Madison Books, 2010, ISBN 9781568332635 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hurtado, Osvaldo profile". Club of Madrid. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Handelman, Howard (1981), "A New Political Direction?", Military Government and the Movement Toward Democracy in South America (American Universities Field Staff): 37 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vacant
Vice President of Ecuador
1979-1981
Succeeded by
León Roldós Aguilera
Preceded by
Jaime Roldós Aguilera
President of Ecuador
1981-1984
Succeeded by
León Febres Cordero