Luis García Meza Tejada

Bolivian dictator (1929-2018)

Luis García Meza Tejada (August 8, 1929 – April 29, 2018) was a former Bolivian dictator. In 1980, he led a military coup d'état on President Lidia Gueiler Tejada.[1] He later made himself president on 17 July 1980. He left office on 4 August 1981 after being exiled for human rights violations. Before becoming president, he worked closely with Bolivian president Hugo Banzer.

Luis García Meza
68th President of Bolivia
In office
17 July 1980 – 4 August 1981
Preceded byLidia Gueiler
Succeeded byCelso Torrelio
Personal details
Luis García Meza Tejada

(1929-08-08)August 8, 1929
La Paz, Bolivia
DiedApril 29, 2018(2018-04-29) (aged 88)
La Paz, Bolivia
Political partyNone
Military service
AllegianceBolivia Bolivia
Branch/serviceCoat of arms of Bolivia.svg Bolivian Army
Years of service1952–1981
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
CommandsBolivian Army

García Meza died in La Paz on April 29, 2018, of a heart attack at the age of 88.[2]


  1. "Bolivian President Uses Former DEA Agent's Book to Send Message to the World".
  2. "Former military dictator of Bolivia dies". CTVNews. 29 April 2018.