Lleras Camargo, Alberto

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Lleras Camargo, Alberto

(älbār`tō lyā`räs kämär`gō), 1906–90, president of Colombia (1945–46, 1958–62). A journalist, he entered politics as a Liberal, occupying many important government posts in the 1930s and 1940s. After his first short stint as president (1945–46), he served as director of the Pan-American Union (1947–48) and as first secretary-general of the Organization of American States (1948–54). He was instrumental in unseating the dictator Gustavo Rojas Pinilla (1957) and was the chief architect of the constitutional amendment (approved Dec., 1957) that provided for bipartisan Liberal-Conservative rule for a period of 12 years (later extended to 16 years). This plan, almost unique in the politics of the hemisphere, ended 10 years of bloody political strife that had cost approximately 200,000 lives. It also enabled Lleras, as president (1958–62), to stabilize the economy.
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In his later life, Gomez Davila would be offered political appointments on more than one occasion, first in 1958 as an adviser to President Alberto Lleras Camargo and again in 1974 as ambassador to the United Kingdom.
At the time, the Techo airport replacement was considered too large by some critics, but construction went ahead and the facility was inaugurated by President D Alberto Lleras Camargo on December 10, 1959.
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The director general of the Pan American Union, Alberto Lleras Camargo, became the first secretary general of the OAS.
Following the advice of former presidents Juscelino Kubitschek (Brazil) and Alberto Lleras Camargo (Colombia), an Inter-American Committee for the Alliance for Progress (CIAP) was established to determine the Alliance's priorities.