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Hugo Banzer

Hugo Banzer (May 10, 1926 ConcepciĆ³n, Santa Cruz-May 5, 2002 Santa Cruz de la Sierra) was a Bolivian personality.

Banzer was a military officer, politician, and dictator who served as the President of Bolivia from 1971 to 1978 and again from 1997 to 2001. He first came to power through a coup and ruled as a dictator for seven years, implementing various economic reforms and suppressing political opposition. After being forced out of power in a counter-coup, he spent several years in exile before returning to Bolivia and winning the presidential election in 1997. During his second term, he pursued a more democratic and market-oriented agenda, but also faced criticism for his handling of social and economic issues. Despite his controversial legacy, Banzer remains a significant figure in Bolivian history and politics.

Banzer was born to a middle-class family in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He went to military school in La Paz before joining the Bolivian army in 1947. Banzer rose quickly through the ranks and became a prominent figure in the military, eventually leading the coup that overthrew leftist President Juan Jose Torres in 1971.

During his first term as president, Banzer enacted a series of economic reforms known as the "New Economic Policy," which aimed to modernize the Bolivian economy and attract foreign investment. He also cracked down on political opposition and human rights abuses were reported under his regime.

After being overthrown in 1978, Banzer lived in exile in Argentina and the United States before returning to Bolivia in 1989. He founded the Nationalist Democratic Action party and won the presidency in the 1997 elections, defeating Evo Morales, who would later become President in 2006. During his second term, Banzer focused on market-oriented reforms and privatization of state-owned enterprises, but faced criticism for his handling of social and environmental issues, particularly indigenous rights and coca production.

Banzer's legacy remains controversial in Bolivia, with some viewing him as a patriotic leader who modernized the country, while others see him as a brutal dictator who violated human rights.

During his time in exile, Banzer worked as a security consultant and also pursued his passion for painting. He produced over 100 works of art that were showcased in exhibitions around the world. Banzer was also a golfer and founded the Santa Cruz Golf Club in Bolivia.

Banzer was married to Yolanda Prada, and together they had three children. One of his sons, Jorge, served as a senator and congressman in Bolivia.

In addition to his presidency, Banzer had a significant impact on Bolivian politics as a whole. He founded the Nationalist Democratic Action party and played a major role in the country's transition to democracy in the 1980s and 1990s. His influence is still felt in Bolivian politics today, as many current politicians either worked with or against Banzer during his time in power.

He died caused by lung cancer.

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