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Wolfgang Larrazábal

In office
23 January 1958 – 14 November 1958
Preceded by Marcos Pérez Jiménez
Succeeded by Edgar Sanabria

Born 5 March 1911
Carúpano, Sucre state, Venezuela
Died 27 February 2003 (aged 91)
Caracas, Venezuela
Spouse(s) Mercedes María Peláez
Religion Roman Catholic

Wolfgang Enrique Larrazábal Ugueto (March 5, 1911 – February 27, 2003), commander of the Venezuelan Navy, became President of Venezuela following the overthrow of Marcos Pérez Jiménez on January 23, 1958.

Larrazábal was born in Carúpano, Sucre state, son of Fabio Larrazábal and Jerónima Ugueto, and attended college at the Pestalozzi Institute of Maracaibo. From 1928-1932 he attended the Escuela Naval de Venezuela (Naval school). Between 1942 and 1945, Larrazábal was captain of the Venezuelan Navy's General Urdaneta, Leandro and Soublette ships, later becoming commander of the Naval Base of Puerto Cabello. In July 1947 he was named commander of the Military of Venezuela, and, in 1949, naval attaché of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC. Larrazábal also served as director of the National Institute of Sports (1952-1955), director of the Circle of the Armed Forces (1957-1958), and at the beginning of 1958, commander of the Venezuelan Navy.

After the overthrow of dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez, Larrazábal was appointed as interim president of the Government Junta on January 23, 1958. His term was characterized by his Emergency Plan, designed to ameliorate adverse economic conditions and speed up the return to democracy. Fairly popular, especially in comparison to Perez Jiménez, he resigned later that year in order to run in the elections of (14 November 1958) (Edgar Sanabria was appointed as caretaker president at that point). Larrazábal obtained 903,479 votes, finishing second to AD's Rómulo Betancourt.

Larrazábal served as ambassador of Venezuela in Chile (1959 - 1969), and ran again for president for the Frente Democrático (FDP) and Movimiento Electoral Nacional Independiente (MENI) parties in the 1963 elections, in which he obtained only 9.43% of the vote. He later served several terms in the Venezuelan parliament.

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