|Role Political leader|
Preceded by Leon Febres Cordero
Succeeded by Sixto Duran Ballen
Political party Democratic Left
Name Rodrigo Cevallos
|Born June 19, 1935 (age 80)
Quito, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (1935-06-19) |
Similar People Leon Febres Cordero, Sixto Duran Ballen, Osvaldo Hurtado, Abdala Bucaram, Fabian Alarcon
Vice President Luis Parodi Valverde
Rodrigo Borja Cevallos (born June 19, 1935) was President of Ecuador from August 10, 1988 to August 10, 1992.
Borja was born in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. He helped to found the Party of the Democratic Left, a socialist political party which quickly gained strength. He served several terms in Congress, leaving it in 1982. Borja first ran for President of Ecuador in 1978, coming in fourth place. He again ran for president in 1984, receiving the most votes in the first round, 36%, but he was defeated in the runoff. He succeeded in winning the 1988 presidential election.
He focused on Ecuador's economic problems during his presidency, and he increased collaboration with other countries in the Americas. He spent time with U.S. President George H. W. Bush on July 22 and July 23, 1990, even playing tennis with him. The two met again on February 26, 1992, at a drug policy conference.
Like all Ecuadorian presidents, he was not allowed to seek a second term. After his presidency, he remained the leader of the Party of the Democratic Left. He ran for President again in 1998, receiving 12% of the vote and coming in third place, and again ran for president in 2002, receiving 14% of the vote and fourth place.
It is claimed that he is a direct descendant of Pope Alexander VI through his son Giovanni Borgia, 2nd Duke of Gandia.