Rodrigo Borja Cevallos

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Borja and the second or maternal family name is Cevallos.
Rodrigo Borja
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President of Ecuador
In office
10 August 1988 – 10 August 1992
Vice President Luis Parodi Valverde
Preceded by León Febres Cordero
Succeeded by Sixto Durán Ballén
Personal details
Born 19 June 1935 (1935-06-19) (age 81)
Quito, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
Nationality Ecuadorian
Political party Party of the Democratic Left

Rodrigo Borja Cevallos (born 19 June 1935) was President of Ecuador from 10 August 1988 to 10 August 1992.[1][2]

Borja was born in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. He helped to found the Party of the Democratic Left, a socialist political party which quickly gained strength. He served several terms in Congress, leaving it in 1982. Borja first ran for President of Ecuador in 1978, coming in fourth place. He again ran for president in 1984, receiving the most votes in the first round, 36%, but he was defeated in the runoff. He succeeded in winning the 1988 presidential election.

He focused on Ecuador's economic problems during his presidency, and he increased collaboration with other countries in the Americas. He spent time with U.S. President George H. W. Bush on 22 and 23 July 1990, even playing tennis with him.[3][4] The two met again on 26 February 1992, at a drug policy conference.[5][6]

Like all Ecuadorian presidents, he was not allowed to seek a second term. After his presidency, he remained the leader of the Party of the Democratic Left. He ran for President again in 1998, receiving 12% of the vote and coming in third place, and again ran for president in 2002, receiving 14% of the vote and fourth place.

It is claimed that he is a direct descendant of Pope Alexander VI through his son Giovanni Borgia, 2nd Duke of Gandia.[7]

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  1. ^ "Ecuador Presidente de la República" (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Rodrigo Borja Cevallos" (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Meetings with Foreigners, 1990" (PDF). The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. p. 18. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Remarks Following Discussions With President Rodrigo Borja Cevallos of Ecuador". The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. 23 July 1990. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Meetings with Foreigners, 1992" (PDF). The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. p. 7. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "The President's News Conference With the Drug Summit Participants in San Antonio". The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. 27 February 1992. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Jaime de Salazar y Acha (2010). "Boletín de la Real Academia Matritense de Heráldica y Genealogía" (PDF) (in Spanish). Real Academia Matritense de Heráldica y Genealogía. p. 17. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
León Febres Cordero
President of Ecuador
1988-1992
Succeeded by
Sixto Durán Ballén