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León Roldós Aguilera (born July 21, 1942) is an
He was born in Guayaquil in 1942. His mother died during
labor. He studied law at the state University of Guayaquil
(Universidad de Guayaquil). He became Secretary of the Municipality
of Guayaquil, under Mayor Asaad Bucaram (his brother's father in
law), of the populist party Concentración de Fuerzas Populares. He also
had a private practice of law and consultancy mostly to the banking
sector. He later became a professor in the Guayaquil stete
University and a Dean of the Law School of the Universidad Laica
In 1979, his brother, Jaime Roldós was elected
President, in a ticket of the alliance between the Concentración de Fuerzas Populares and the
Christian Democrat Party Democracia
Popular. He was then appointed Chairman of the Monetary Board
President Jaime Roldós died in an airplane crash while in
office; the National
Congress elected León Roldós to serve out the term (1981-84) as
Vice-President, with President Osvaldo Hurtado, of Democracia Popular. León Roldós did not
enjoy a good relationship with President Hurtado, having opposed
the assumption of the private external debt by the government
(known as the "sucretización"), among other economic policies.
On 31 October 1994, León Roldós was elected Rector of the
Universidad de Guayaquil, and served two terms, which were
acknowledged to have revitalized this institution.
León Roldos ran for President in 1992 under the banner of the
Socialist Party of Ecuador, Partido
Socialista Ecuatoriano; and in a second attempt in 2002 as an
independent; he received then 15.4% of the vote and barely missed
the runoff election). He was also elected Congressman for the Province of Guayas.
In 2006 Ecuadorian general elections he ran again
this time in a ticket of the of alliance of "Ethics and Democracy
Network" (Red Etica y Democracia) and of the Democratic Left Party. He raked a
fourth place of the vote receiving 4.8% of casted votes.
Note: León Roldós does not belong to the Ecuadorian Roldosist Party,
which is named after his brother, former President Jaime Roldós.