Rosalía Arteaga

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Rosalía Arteaga
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President of Ecuador
Interim
In office
February 9, 1997 – February 11, 1997
Preceded by Fabián Alarcón (Acting)
Succeeded by Fabián Alarcón (Acting)
Vice President of Ecuador
In office
February 11, 1997 – March 30, 1998
Succeeded by Pedro Aguayo Cubillo
In office
August 10, 1996 – February 9, 1997
Preceded by Eduardo Peña Triviño
Personal details
Born (1956-12-05) December 5, 1956 (age 57)
Cuenca, Ecuador
Political party Alfarista Radical Front
Spouse(s) Eduardo Peña Triviño

Rosalía Arteaga Serrano (born December 5, 1956) is an Ecuadorian politician who served as the country's first female president for only two days in 1997.

She was born in Cuenca, Ecuador. She became Vice President in 1996, following the election of Abdalá Bucaram as President. On February 6, 1997, however, President Bucaram was declared unfit to govern by Congress. Arteaga and congressional leader Fabián Alarcón became locked in a dispute over who should succeed Bucaram since the constitution was vague on the issue. Initially, Alarcón was sworn in with the support of Congress. On February 9, however, Arteaga, who had insisted that as vice president she should become president, was sworn in instead as Ecuador's first female president. Two days later, however, on February 11, with the support of Congress and the army, Alarcón was sworn in again, and Arteaga resigned.

Arteaga continued to clash with Alarcón and resigned from her post as vice president in March 1998. She then ran for president in the elections that were held in May 1998 but received only 3% of the vote.

Arteaga was secretary-general of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization until 2007 and is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eduardo Peña Triviño
Vice President of Ecuador
1996–1998
Succeeded by
Pedro Aguayo Cubillo
Preceded by
Fabián Alarcón
Acting
President of Ecuador
1997
Succeeded by
Fabián Alarcón
Acting