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Guillermo Rodríguez

De facto President of Ecuador

Guillermo Rodríguez Lara (born November 4, 1924), known as "Bombita", was the military dictator of Ecuador from February 15, 1972 to January 11, 1976.

Guillermo Rodríguez
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President of Ecuador
In office
February 15, 1972 – January 11, 1976
Preceded byAbelardo Montalvo
Succeeded byJosé María Velasco Ibarra
Personal details
Born (1924-11-04) November 4, 1924 (age 94)
Pujilí, Ecuador
Spouse(s)Aída Judith León
Alma materSchool of the Americas
ReligionRoman Catholic

As commander of the army, he led a military coup d'état 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 equipment for the armed services. The military removed him from power in 1976.

Rodríguez was born on November 4, 1924 in Pujilí, Ecuador. He was married to Aída Judith León.