Alberto Dahik

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Alberto Dahik
Alberto Dahik (detalle).jpg
Vice President of Ecuador
In office
August 10, 1992 – October 11, 1995
Preceded byLuis Parodi Valverde
Succeeded byEduardo Peña
Member of the Congress
In office
August 1988 – August 1992
Finance Minister
In office
June–September 1986
Preceded byFrancisco Swett
Succeeded byRodrigo Espinosa Bermeo
Personal details
Born (1953-08-27) August 27, 1953 (age 65)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Political partyConservative Party

Alberto Dahik Garzozi (born August 27, 1953) is an Ecuadorian politician of Lebanese ancestry.

Dahik was educated in economics in Western Ontario University and obtained a master’s degree from Princeton University, being directed in the latter by Nobel laureate W. Arthur Lewis.[1] He served as Finance Minister during 1986 (when he was impeached) and member of Congress from 1988 to 1992.[2] It was during this tenure, in October 1990, that he was involved in a highly publicized incident while a congressional fight was taking place: he was hit by an ashtray tossed by a Roldosist congressman.[3]

At the end of 1991, Dahik's Conservative Party established an alliance with Sixto Durán Ballén's Republican Union Party and chose Dahik as his running mate for the 1992 presidential election,[4] which he won against Jaime Nebot. As Vice President in Durán Ballén's administration[5], Dahik was responsible in designing economic policies. He was important member of Conservative Party.

In 1995, the Supreme Court announced that it had enough evidence to arrest Dahik on charges of embezzlement, but Dahik managed to flee to Costa Rica where he was granted political assylum by that country on March 30, 1996.[6][7] Dahik briefly returned to Ecuador in April 2005 after his process was annulled by the so-called Pichicorte, unconstitutionally set by Lucio Gutierrez's government.

Ecuador's constitution enacted the necessity of an impeachment process in Congress for the President and Vice-President before any legal procedure regarding the exercise of public duty. The process was set up and Dahik was declared innocent by both Parliament and the Comptroller General of the country, turning then his trial unconstitutional and illegal.

On December 23, 2011 Dahik returned to Ecuador after 16 years of exile, a year after President Rafael Correa called on the National Assembly of Ecuador to grant him amnesty, based on his belief that Dahik is an honest man. His prison order was lifted in order to present himself to a judge every two weeks as precautionary measure.[8] His first appearance at the court occurred on December 26.[9]

On January 20, 2012, Dahik was acquitted by the First Chamber of the National Court of Justice on the basis that he was subjected to a "judicial atrocity".[10] His case was finally archived in March 2013.[11]


  1. ^ in Spanish
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  4. ^ "PARTIDO CONSERVADOR Y UNIDAD REPUBLICANA MANTIENEN UNA ALIANZA Y NO UNA ADHESION". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  5. ^ "Vicepresidentes en la historia" (PDF). Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-25. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  7. ^ University of Minnesota: Human Rights Library
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Political offices
Preceded by
Luis Parodi Valverde
Vice President of Ecuador
Succeeded by
Eduardo Peña Triviño