Alberto Enríquez Gallo

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Alberto Enríquez Gallo
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Supreme Chief of Ecuador
In office
23 October 1937 – 10 August 1938
Preceded byFederico Páez
Succeeded byManuel María Borrero
Personal details
Born(1894-07-24)24 July 1894
Latacunga, Ecuador
Died13 July 1962(1962-07-13) (aged 67)
Quito, Ecuador
Cause of deathStroke
NationalityEcuadorian
Political partySocialist

Gil Alberto Enríquez Gallo (24 July 1894 – 13 July 1962) was President of Ecuador 1937–1938.

Enriquez was appointed as a general in the Ecuadorian army by Federico Páez, and served as Minister of Defense in his government. In September 1937, he overthrew Páez in a military coup. Although he ruled for less than a year, Enríquez achieved note as a social reformer by his promulgation of the Labor Code of 1938.

Enríquez is also remembered for having initiated a protracted confrontation with the United States-based South American Development Company over the terms of its Ecuadorian concession and the wages it paid its Ecuadorian employees. The company refused to comply with Enríquez's entreaty that more of the profits from its mining operations stay in Ecuador, and it won the support of the United States Department of State.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Federico Páez
President of Ecuador
1937-1938
Succeeded by
Manuel María Borrero