Guillermo Rodríguez (politician)

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Guillermo Rodríguez
Guillermo Rodriguez (Ecuador).jpg
Acting President of Ecuador
In office
February 15, 1972 – January 11, 1976
Preceded byJosé María Velasco Ibarra
Succeeded byAlfredo Poveda
Personal details
Born (1924-11-04) November 4, 1924 (age 95)
Pujilí, Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Alma materSchool of the Americas

Guillermo Rodríguez Lara (born November 4, 1924), known as "Bombita", is a former military dictator of Ecuador who was in power from February 15, 1972 to January 11, 1976. He took courses in C&R&Bn Staff, Irregular Warfare Orientation, and Maintenance Management at the School of the Americas in Panama. As commander of the army, he led a military coup d'etat executed by a navy commander named Jorge Queirolo G. and forced president José María Velasco into exile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. During his rule, drilling the country's oil reserves funded the construction of hospitals, schools, roads (notably, paving the Quito-Tulcán road), the oil refinery at Esmeraldas, and new equipment for the armed services. The Ecuadorian military removed him from power in 1976.

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Political offices
Preceded by
José María Velasco
President of Ecuador
Succeeded by
Alfredo Poveda