Lleras Restrepo, Carlos

Lleras Restrepo, Carlos

(kär`lōs lyā`räs rāstrā`pō), 1908–94, president of Colombia (1966–70). The son of a well-known bacteriologist, he was a lawyer and economist who served in a number of government posts in the 1930s and 1940s. He served as leader of the Liberal party during the bloody civil war touched off by the assassination (1948) of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. He became party leader again in 1961. As president, Lleras Restrepo won acclaim by sharply reducing the rate of inflation, diversifying the country's ailing one-crop (coffee) economy, restoring the balance of payments, and instituting a land reform program. After completing his term of office he remained politically active as head of the Liberal party. He wrote numerous books on social and economic problems.

Lleras Restrepo, Carlos

 

Born Apr. 12, 1908, in Bogotá. Colombian statesman and political figure.

Lleras graduated from the law school of the National University in 1930. From 1933 to 1942 he was a member of the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress. From 1936 to 1937 he was chief of the state financial control of the republic, and in 1938 he was minister of finance. Lleras has been one of the leaders of the Liberal Party since 1941. He became a senator in 1942 and minister of finance again in 1943.

Lleras has often represented Colombia in international economic organizations and at various conferences. In 1956 he founded the Economic Association of Friends of the Country. As president of Colombia (1966–70), Lleras proposed the bourgeois reformist program of the National Transformation of the Country and reestablished diplomatic relations with the USSR (1968).

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(7) LLERAS RESTREPO, Carlos, Economia internacional y regimen cambiario, Bogota, Ed.
Lleras Restrepo, Carlos. "Cronica de mi propia vida CCXIX".