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Jorge Cordova


Jorge Cordova (18221862) was a military officer and constitutional president of Bolivia (18551857).

A general, Cordova was longtime dictator Manuel Isidoro Belzu's son-in-law. As such, he was the main support to his despotic regime. When in 1855 Belzu decided to call elections and "retire" from politics in the face of repeated rebellions against his rule, he sponsored Cordova's candidacy. The latter was elected president and proceeded to be sworn-in on August 15, 1855, at age thirty-three. Not surprisingly, Cordova was widely seen as ex-president Belzu's proxy, and merely an instrument of his power. Belzu remained the proverbial "power behind the throne," and this fact only spurred the opposition to continue to conspire against the hated Belzu-Cordova regime, which had run Bolivian politics since 1847. Eventually, the forces arrayed against the president coalesced around the forceful civilian Constitutionalist Jose Maria Linares, who in October of 1857 at long last succeeded in toppling Cordova from power. Fleeing the country, he eventually returned to Bolivia, eager as always to support his father-in-law's ambitions to return to the Bolivian Government Palace.

Former president Jorge Cordova was assassinated in 1862, during the so-called "Matanzas de Yanez" (Yanez Bloodbath), when president Jose Maria de Acha's supporter and military governor of La Paz Province, Placido Yanez, dozens of opposition figures, many of them from the pro-Belzu camp.

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