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Jorge Quiroga

Jorge Fernando "Tuto" Quiroga Ramirez was President of Bolivia from August 7, 2001 to August 6, 2002. He is seen as politically conservative. He is a 1981 graduate of Texas A&M University, with a degree in industrial engineering, becoming the first Aggie head of state. He went on to be a self-declared "corporate yuppie" working for I.B.M. in Austin, Texas. He and his American wife, Virginia then moved back to Bolivia. Quiroga was elected as Vice President of Bolivia in 1997 running on the Nationalist Democratic Action ticket with former dictator Hugo Banzer. At 41, he was the youngest vice president in Bolivia's history. He became President when Banzer resigned because of aggravated health problems (he died a year following his resignation). Quiroga assumed office as acting president on July 1, 2001 and was sworn-in on August 7, to complete Banzer's five-year mandate.

Quiroga ran for President in his own right in 2005 election, as the candidate for a new right-of-center coalition known as Social and Democratic Power (PODEMOS), which included the bulk of Banzer's former ADN organization. His main opponent was the leftist Evo Morales of the Movement Towards Socialism. Morales won the election and Quiroga finished a distant second place, receiving 28.6% of the vote.

Quiroga was born in Cochabamba. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in business administration from St. Edward's University. He has also received the World Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has worked for IBM and as a consultant for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Related websites

Vicepresidency of Bolivia

BBC profile


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