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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En Alberto Lleras Camargo. Reflexiones sobre la Historia, el Poder y la Vida Internacional.
Colombian president Alberto Lleras Camargo was among a generation of democratically elected liberal leaders who lobbied the United States for development financing by arguing that "underdevelopment," in the parlance of the era, was at the root of much of the region's turmoil.
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.
Con este proposito, la Escuela de Gobierno Alberto Lleras Camargo de la Universidad de los Andes y el Centro de Estudios de Historia de la Universidad Externado de Colombia organizaron en Los Andes un seminario internacional en el cual participaron tanto protagonistas de la epoca como investigadores de los distintos temas relacionados con este periodo de nuestra historia.
Con el fin de abordar estos interrogantes, el Centro de Estudios Internacionales (CEI) del Departamento de Ciencia Politica y de la Escuela de Gobierno Alberto Lleras Camargo de la Universidad de los Andes realizo en septiembre de 2010 el seminario internacional "China y sus relaciones politicas con America Latina".
Si bien Alberto Lleras Camargo fue el gran gestor del Frente Nacional, su primer presidente y el adalid de la democracia colombiana de la segunda mitad del siglo, Carlos Lleras Restrepo fue, sin duda, el gobernante emblematico de los anos sesenta del siglo XX en el pais, por su aporte reformista, de constructor del Estado y de conductor de la economia.