León Febres Cordero
|Febres-Cordero in 1985|
|President of Ecuador|
10 August 1984 – 10 August 1988
|Preceded by||Osvaldo Hurtado|
|Succeeded by||Rodrigo Borja Cevallos|
|Mayor of Guayaquil|
August 10, 1992 – August 10, 2000
|Preceded by||Harry Soria Lamán|
|Succeeded by||Jaime Nebot|
|Born||9 March 1931
|Died||15 December 2008
|Resting place||Parques de la Paz, Guayaquil|
|Political party||Social Christian Party|
León Esteban Febres-Cordero Ribadeneyra (9 March 1931 – 15 December 2008) was an Ecuadorian politician.
He was known in the Ecuadorian media as LFC or by his surname (Febres-Cordero), was President of Ecuador of Ecuador for a four-year term from 10 August 1984 to 10 August 1988. During his Presidency he sought to introduce market-oriented reforms, and also led a security crackdown on a guerilla group, ¡Alfaro Vive, Carajo!.
In 1987 Febres Cordero was kidnapped for 11 hours by members of the air force demanding the freedom of General Frank Vargas Pazzos, who had been imprisoned after leading two uprisings in March 1986, aimed at toppling the Minister of Defense.
Congress approved a resolution granting Vargas amnesty, but Febres Cordero refused to publish the resolution, thus denying it the force of law. It was only after his January 1987 kidnapping that he signed the amnesty and released Vargas.
Cordero was born on 9 March 1931 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He was married to María Eugenia Cordovez until his death in 2008. They had four children. Cordero died on 15 December 2008 in Guayaquil, Ecuador from lung cancer and emphysema, aged 77.