Gustavo Noboa

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Gustavo Noboa
40th President of Ecuador
In office
January 22, 2000 – January 15, 2003
Vice President Pedro Pinto Rubianes (2000-2003)
Preceded by Jamil Mahuad
Succeeded by Lucio Gutiérrez
Vice President of Ecuador
In office
August 10, 1998 – January 21, 2000
President Jamil Mahuad
Preceded by Pedro Aguayo Cubillo
Succeeded by Pedro Pinto Rubianes
Governor of Guayas
In office
March 1983 – August 1984
President Osvaldo Hurtado Larrea
Succeeded by Jaime Nebot
Personal details
Born Gustavo José Joaquín Noboa Bejarano
(1937-08-21) August 21, 1937 (age 79)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Nationality Ecuadorian
Political party Popular Democracy
Spouse(s) María Isabel Baquerizo

Gustavo José Joaquín Noboa Bejarano (born August 21, 1937 in Guayaquil, Ecuador) is an Ecuadorian politician, former President of Ecuador (from January 22, 2000 to January 15, 2003) and Vice President during Jamil Mahuad's government.


Noboa studied Political and Social Sciences and is doctor in Law from the Catholic University of Guayaquil. He was Chancellor of the University in 1986-1991 and 1991-1996.

Political career[edit]

Noboa was governor of Guayas Province from March 1983 to August 1984. In the 1998 presidential elections he was the running mate of Jamil Mahuad, who won. He was sworn in as Vice President of Ecuador on August 10, 1998.


On January 21, 2000 a military coup deposed the government of Jamil Mahuad, and the following day Noboa became President of Ecuador in constitutional order. Noboa had the popular support of the country's indigenous people.

His presidency was marked by attempts to revive the Ecuadorian economy, which was in a recession at the time, including the freeing of US$400 million worth of assets frozen by the previous government. He left office in 2003 after Lucio Gutiérrez was victorious in the 2002 presidential election.


Noboa was being accused of mishandling the country's foreign debt [1] by former president, León Febres Cordero.

After his term ended, accusations of irregularities in foreign debt negotiation that cost the country $9 billion dollars were levelled at the former president. He completely denied the charges, which could have had him sent to jail for twenty five years if convicted. Claiming that he was the victim of unfair persecution, he applied for political asylum in the Dominican Republic, which was granted on August 11, 2003. The Supreme Court case against him was annulled by an unconstitutional, yet functioning, Supreme Court on grounds that the case was not initiated by a two-thirds congressional vote as the Constitution stipulates. Shortly after, however, the presidency of Lucio Gutiérrez ended and the charges were reinstated. He was placed under house arrest in May 2005 and Ecuador's Interior Minister planned to prosecute. On March 16, 2006, a Supreme Court judge lifted the detention order, and charged Noboa of being an accessory after the fact. Noboa said he would appeal this charge as well.[1]


  1. ^ "Ecuador's ex-President Gustavo Noboa released from house arrest", The Associated Press, March 17, 2006

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Government offices
Preceded by
Jamil Mahuad
President of Ecuador
January 22, 2000–January 15, 2003
Succeeded by
Lucio Gutiérrez
Preceded by
Pedro Aguayo Cubillo
Vice President of Ecuador
August 10, 1998–January 21, 2000
Succeeded by
Pedro Pinto Rubianes