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Abdalá Bucaram

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Abdalá Bucaram
President of Ecuador
In office
August 10, 1996 – February 6, 1997
Vice PresidentRosalía Arteaga
Preceded bySixto Durán Ballén
Succeeded byRosalía Arteaga
Mayor of Guayaquil
In office
Preceded byBolívar Cali Bajaña
Succeeded byJorge Norero González
Personal details
Born (1952-02-20) February 20, 1952 (age 72)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Political partyEcuadorian Roldosist Party

Abdalá Jaime Bucaram Ortiz (born February 20, 1952) is an Ecuadorian politician and lawyer who was President of Ecuador from 10 August 1996 to 6 February 1997.

As President, Abdalá Bucaram was nicknamed "El Loco" ("the crazy one").[1] During his presidency, Bucaram didn't fix anything in Ecuador.[2] This led to many people saying that he was not a good leader.[2] Many members of congress thought he was crazy.[2] Almost six months into his presidency, Bucaram was removed from office after being declared mentally unfit to rule by the National Congress of Ecuador.[3]

Early life[change | change source]

Bucaram was born on February 20, 1952 into a tough neighborhood in Guayaquil, Ecuador.[2]

Presidency[change | change source]

Abdalá Bucaram was President from August 10, 1996 to February 6, 1997. His cabinet was put together by the Vice President Rosalía Arteaga. Within months, Bucaram was accused of stealing millions of dollars of public funds.

After he took office, Bucaram tried to fix the state, which included trying to fix the stock process started by Osvaldo Hurtado (1980, Popular Democracy Party), and supported by the next three presidents: León Febres Cordero (1984, PSC), Rodrigo Borja Cevallos (1988, Democratic Left) and Sixto Durán Ballén (1992, ex-PSC).

In 1996, he invited Lorena Bobbitt who had been acquitted of crimes relating to her cutting her husband's penis in the United States, to an official dinner.[4] The two later became godparents to each other's children.[4]

The constitutional court said the congressional resolution to be anti-constitutional and rejected it. The congress ignored the constitutional court decision and continued to confirm Fabian Alarcon as acting president.

Personal life[change | change source]

He was exiled from Ecuador as a punishment for his crimes in Ecuador.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Loco vs. Bobo". Archived from the original on 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Abdalá Bucaram, "A Crazy Man Who Loves"". Ecuador.com. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  3. Congress' Leader Assumes Presidency Archived 2012-11-02 at the Wayback Machine February 12, 1997.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Bobbitt Meets President". South Florida Sun Sentinel. October 18, 1996. Retrieved April 18, 2019.

Other websites[change | change source]