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|President of Ecuador|
May 24, 1981 – August 10, 1984
|Vice President||León Roldós Aguilera|
|Preceded by||Jaime Roldós Aguilera|
|Succeeded by||León Febres Cordero|
|Vice President of Ecuador|
August 10, 1979 – May 24, 1981
|President||Jaime Roldós Aguilera|
|Succeeded by||Blasco Peñaherrera Padilla|
|President of the 1998 Constitutional Assembly|
December 20, 1997 – May 8, 1998
|Born||Luis Osvaldo Hurtado Larrea
June 26, 1939
Chambo, Chimborazo Province, Ecuador
|Political party||Popular Democracy|
|Alma mater||Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador|
During his studies at the Catholic University in the 1960s, Hurtado became a student leader. Afterwards, he lectured political sociology at his alma mater and at the Centro Andino of the University of New Mexico. He became one of the most widely read political scientists of his home country. In 1977, he authored an influential book on Ecuadorian politics titled El Poder Político en el Ecuador (English: "Political Power in Ecuador").
Hurtado drew progressive Catholics and younger professionals away from the Social Christian Party and into the Christian Democrats movement which was inspired by Christian communitarianism and Liberation theology and criticized capitalist exploitation. At the time, it was the most radical among Ecuador's non-Marxist parties and Hurtado was suspected by his right-wing opponents of being a "closet Marxist". In 1978, he merged his Christian Democrats with the progressive wing of the Conservative Party to form the Popular Democracy party.
In 1979, Hurtado was chosen as running mate of presidential candidate Jaime Roldós Aguilera of the populist Concentration of People's Forces. Roldós was successful and Hurtado became vice-president. On May 24, 1981, Jaime Roldós Aguilera died in a plane crash. Hurtado succeeded Roldós Aguilera as President of Ecuador and served out the rest of his term.
- Political Power in Ecuador, Westview Press, 1985, ISBN 0813302641
- Portrait of a Nation: Culture and Progress in Ecuador, Madison Books, 2010, ISBN 9781568332635
- "Hurtado, Osvaldo profile". Club de Madrid. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Handelman, Howard (1981), "A New Political Direction?", Military Government and the Movement Toward Democracy in South America, American Universities Field Staff, p. 37
|Vice President of Ecuador
León Roldós Aguilera
Jaime Roldós Aguilera
|President of Ecuador
León Febres Cordero
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