|Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé|
|79th President of Bolivia|
June 9, 2005 – January 22, 2006
|Preceded by||Carlos Mesa|
|Succeeded by||Evo Morales|
|Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bolivia|
March 17, 2004 – June 9, 2005
|Preceded by||Armando Villafuerte Claros|
|Succeeded by||Héctor Sandóval Parada|
|Born||March 2, 1956|
|Spouse(s)||Fanny Elena Arguedas|
|Alma mater||University of San Simón|
Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé (born March 2, 1956) is a Bolivian judge. During the 2005 political crisis in Bolivia, he briefly assumed the Presidency. Prior to that, he was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Born in Cochabamba in 1956, Rodríguez is a lawyer and holds a master's degree in public administration. He studied at Colegio San Agustín; later he studied law at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón in Cochabamba and obtained his Master of Public Administration at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Events of 2005
In 2005, after weeks of civil unrest led by Evo Morales, former president Carlos Mesa offered his resignation to Congress. Hormando Vaca Diez and Mario Cossío, who were presidents of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, respectively, were forced by protestors to decline the post. Rodríguez, as head of the judiciary and fourth in the line of succession, became the country's new president on June 10, 2005; he was inaugurated with the constitutional mandate to call elections within one year's time.
Under the Morales administration, Rodriguez has been charged with treason following the decommissioning of missiles during his term in office. Bolivia bought about 30 HN-5 shoulder-launched missiles from China in 1993 or 1998. By 2005 they had become obsolete and Rodriguez made the decision to destroy them; he says he did not know the United States would be the ones to be given the missiles for destruction. Before taking office, Morales charged that the transfer amounted to putting the country "under foreign domination."
He was charged with treason in 2006, which carries a 30-year prison term. He has since been cleared of all charges.
- People's justice The Economist, 31 March 2010.
- Bolivia accuses US of taking missiles
- Ejercito Ecuatoriano incauta misil antiaéreo destinado a las FARC ~ Webinfomil
- Los misiles chinos de los bolivianos - NuevaMayoria.com
- Bolivia's Defense Chiefs Ousted in Missile Scandal
- Bolivian Ex-President Faces Treason Charges
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- New Bolivia leader promises poll (BBC News, 10 June 2005)
- Bolivia's peacemaker seeks brighter future, BBC News, 27 July 2005
| President of Bolivia
2005 – 2006