León Febres Cordero

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León Febres-Cordero
Febres-Cordero in 1985
President of Ecuador
In office
10 August 1984 – 10 August 1988
Preceded by Osvaldo Hurtado
Succeeded by Rodrigo Borja Cevallos
Mayor of Guayaquil
In office
August 10, 1992 – August 10, 2000
Preceded by Harry Soria Lamán
Succeeded by Jaime Nebot
Personal details
Born 9 March 1931(1931-03-09)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died 15 December 2008(2008-12-15) (aged 77)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Resting place Parques de la Paz, Guayaquil
Political party Social Christian Party
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León Esteban Febres-Cordero Ribadeneyra (9 March 1931 – 15 December 2008) was an Ecuadorian politician. He served as President of Ecuador from 1984 to 1988.

Early life[change | change source]

Cordero was born León Esteban Febres-Cordero Ribadeneyra on 9 March 1931 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He studied at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. Cordero married María Eugenia Cordovez in 1958. Their marriage would last until his death in 2008.

Presidency[change | change source]

Cordero and Manuel Félix López at a meeting, 1985

He was known in the Ecuadorian media as LFC or by his surname (Febres-Cordero). He was President of Ecuador of Ecuador for a four-year term. He was inaugurated on 10 August 1984. He succeeded Osvaldo Hurtado. During his Presidency he sought to introduce market-oriented reforms, and also led a security crackdown on a guerilla group, ¡Alfaro Vive, Carajo!.[1][2]

In 1987 Febres Cordero was kidnapped for 11 hours[3] 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.[4]

Cordero's presidency ended in August 10, 1988. He was succeeded by Rodrigo Borja Cevallos.

Mayor of Guayaquil[change | change source]

Shortly after his presidency, Cordero became Mayor of Guayaquil. He was inaugurated on August 10, 1992. Cordero succeeded Harry Soria Lamán. His term would last until his retirement in August 10, 2000. He was succeeded by Jaime Nebot.

Personal life[change | change source]

Cordero lived in Guayaquil. He had four children with his wife of fifty years. Cordero was a smoker. He made many visits to the United States and Columbia. He once met with Ronald Reagan to discus foreign relations.

Death[change | change source]

Cordero died on 15 December 2008 in Guayaquil, Ecuador from lung cancer and emphysema, aged 77.

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