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Néstor Guillén Olmos

Néstor Guillén Olmos (1890-1966) was President of Bolivia for 27 days between July and August 1946, following the overthrow and assassination of President Gualberto Villarroel (1943-46).

Born in La Paz, Guillén studied law and rose to become second from the top in the La Paz Court of Appeals. Upon the death of Villarroel, the confluence of forces that had toppled him needed a reliable caretaker with as few partisan credentials (given the mood of the citizenry, which had just shown what it was capable of during the revolt) to guide the country to elections. They settled on the head of the La Paz Court of Appeals, Tomás Monje Gutiérrez, who was ill at the time. Thus, Guillén filled-in for him for fewer than 4 weeks, whereupon Monje was sworn-in.

Néstor Guillén then returned to his judgeship and died in 1966.


  • Mesa José de; Gisbert, Teresa; and Carlos D. Mesa, "Historia De Bolivia", 3rd edition., pp. 577-578.
Preceded by
Gualberto Villarroel
President of Bolivia
Succeeded by
Tomás Monje


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