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Francisco Linares Alcantara

Francisco de Paula Linares Alcantara (13 April 1825 - 30 November 1878) was President of Venezuela (1877-1878) and a member of the Liberal Party of Venezuela, military and Venezuelan politician, president of the Republic (1877-1878), Congress gave him the title of the Great Democrat

Francisco Linares Alcantara was born in Turmero, (Aragua state) in 13 April 1828, son of a general of the Venezuelan Wars of Independence.

In 1873 president Antonio Guzman Blanco named him first 'designated' of the Republic, and as so he was in charge of the executive authority in that year and also in 1874. In 1877, after prevailing in the elections, he was chosen as president by the National Congress. His government, which was characterized by its democratic opening, published the denominated Decree of La Paz (The peace) (May 1877), that authorized the return to Venezuela of the opponents of Guzman Blanco, among them the Archbishop Guevara y Lira. Also, he initiated reforms in favor of economic autonomy for the diverse states of Venezuela. Francisco Linares Alcantara died on 30 November 1878 in La Guaira, during his presidency.

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