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|
9 March 1931|
|Died||15 December 2008
|Resting place||Parques de la Paz, Guayaquil|
|Political party||Social Christian Party|
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]
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!. He was known for being a close ally to President of the United States Ronald Reagan.
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's presidency ended in 10 August 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 10 August 1992. Cordero succeeded Harry Soria Lamán. His term would last until his retirement in 10 August 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.
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to León Febres Cordero.|
- Conmemorial video
- Official Website of the Ecuadorian Government about the country President's History
- Amnesty International