Eduardo Rodriguez Veltze is a former president of Bolivia; prior to that appointment he was the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
Born in Cochabamba in 1956, Rodriguez is a lawyer and holds a master's degree in public administration. He studied at San Agustin High School; later he studied law at the Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Cochabamba and obtained his Master of Public Administration at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In 2005, a political crisis caused by popular unrest with protesters demanding the re-nationalization of the natural gas industry (which was privatized under the Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada Administration) led former president Carlos Mesa to offer his resignation to Congress. After Hormando Vaca Diez and Mario Cossio, presidents of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, respectively, declined the post, Rodriguez — as head of the judiciary and fourth in the line of succession — became the country's new president on June 10, 2005. His inauguration was welcomed by protestors, who saw Rodriguez as one of the few national figures not involved in previous political troubles.
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