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Abdala Jaime Bucaram Ortiz is an Ecuadorian politician and lawyer who briefly occupied the Presidency of Ecuador. The National Congress of Ecuador dismissed him as President. Bucaram and his followers claim that all cases against him have been dismissed and prescribed. He lives in Panama. His political asylum was recently renewed.
Bucaram is the grandson of Lebanese immigrants. Abdala is the Spanish of `Abdullah. He grew up playing football in the streets of Guayaquil and later went on to become a successful athlete and earn a degree in physical education. He was also a sprinter in the 1972 Olympic team, the police chief of Guayas and the president of Barcelona Sporting Club, a Football team from his hometown. Besides being a gym teacher, he earned a degree in law and soon began his political career. He used to live in Kennedy Norte, a neighborhood next to the former Simon Bolivar International Airport before he escaped to Panama. He was the nephew of the politician Asaad Bucaram Elmalin, who was mayor of Guayaquil. His sister, Martha Bucaram, was married to former President Jaime Roldos Aguilera, both of whom were killed in an aviation accident.
Candidate Abdala Bucaram Ortiz was elected as President of Ecuador. Although Bucaram defeated Social Cristiano Party (PSC) candidate Jaime Nebot by a margin of approximately 20,000 votes, he managed to win all but one of the 21 provinces.
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