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Leon Febres Cordero

Leon Esteban Febres-Cordero Ribadeneyra (9 March 1931 15 December 2008) was President of Ecuador for a four-year term from 10 August 1984 to 10 August 1988. He has been credited with helping to stop terrorism in Ecuador during his presidency.

The Febres Cordero government promoted a conservative economic policy. While some praised Febres Cordero's economic policies, they became largely unpopular with most Ecuadorians. Several of his ministers were accused of corruption.

Febres Cordero, a close ally of US President Ronald Reagan, was sharply criticized for an increase in human rights violations, including torture and extrajudicial killings. Current President Rafael Correa established a truth commission to investigate human rights violations, particularly those that occurred during Febres Cordero's administration.

Febres Cordero faced a military rebellion by members of the air force that demanded the freedom of General Frank Vargas, who was arrested attempting a coup d'etat and who was later pardoned by the National Congress.

Later he became the mayor of Guayaquil for two terms (19922000) Solano, Gonzalo (2008) "Former Ecuadorean President Febres Cordero dies" Miami Herald 15 December 2008 from the Associated Press and then ran successfully for a seat in Congress. He was a member of the centre-right Social Christian Party.

Febres Cordero (often called LFC by the media) was accused of having great influence on the courts of justice and public offices of the Ecuadorian state. Febres Cordero's power in his party has made public existing differences with Jaime Nebot Saadi, Guayaquil's mayor.

Personal life

Febres-Cordero was born to a well-to-do Guayaquil family on 9 March 1931. His n father sent him to study in the United States, where he first attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Maryland, then Mercerberg Academy in Pennsylvania for high school, and then graduated as an engineer from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.Riding, Alan (1984) "Man in the News: Entrepreneur for Ecuador: Leon Febres Cordero Rivadeneira" The New York Times 9 May 1984, page A-10, col. 3 Upon his return to Guayaquil, Febres-Cordero entered business, dealing variously in paper, electrical parts, chemicals and textiles. Eventually he became an executive in the Noboa Group, a large agribusiness.

Febres-Cordero was first married to Eugenia Cordovez, and they had four daughters. Later he married Cruz Maria Massu, but they had no children. During the time he was President many groups of guerrilla movements came to life, one of them was "Alfaro Vive". Febres Cordero ordered the murder of many members of this group. Febres cordero also murdered two underaged brtohers who striked against his reign.

A smoker, he died aged 77 in Guayaquil, on 15 December 2008 at 4:30pm, of lung cancer and emphysema.

External links

Conmemorial video

Official Website of the Ecuadorian Government about the country President's History


NY Times

Amnesty International

ABC News

NY Times

El Mundo.es

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