Alberto Natusch Busch was a Bolivian general and dictator of his country for a brief time in November 1979.
Natusch Busch, of German and Arab descent, was born in the Department of Beni, he was a career military officer who in the late 1970s rose to the rank of Colonel in the Bolivian Army. He was for many years a trusted member of the cabinet of the military dictator Hugo Banzer.
On November 1, 1979, Colonel Natusch executed a bloody coup d'etat against the constitutional government of Dr. Walter Guevara, which had been constituted by Congress just three months earlier and charged with guiding the country to elections in 1980. The stated reasons for the golpe were the alleged desire of President Guevara to extend his term beyond that established by Congress in order to enact long-term measures designed to stave off a growing economic crisis. Far more likely, it was a traditional right-wing coup staged by officers who had served in the long dictatorship of General Hugo Banzer (197178) and who had much to lose by an ongoing congressional investigation of alleged criminal and economic misdeeds committed during the "Banzerato."
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