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Luis García Meza

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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/service Bolivian Army
Years of service1952–1981
Rank General
CommandsBolivian Army

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, his cousin.[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.

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


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  1. "Bolivian President Uses Former DEA Agent's Book to Send Message to the World". Archived from the original on 2017-11-25. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  2. "Former military dictator of Bolivia dies". CTVNews. 29 April 2018.