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Luis Alfredo Palacio González, más conocido como Alfredo Palacio (Guayaquil, 22 de enero de 1939), es un médico y político ecuatoriano, presidente del Ecuador desde el 20 de abril de 2005 hasta el 15 de enero de 2007.

 

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Fue Ministro de Salud Pública entre 1994-1996, durante el gobierno de Sixto Durán Ballén. Durante el conflicto fronterizo con Perú, organizó el sistema de salud de emergencia, mereciendo una condecoración de parte de las Fuerzas Armadas.

 

Palacio no ha sido afiliado a partido político, por ello fue candidato independiente a la Vicepresidencia de la República, auspiciado por Sociedad Patriótica, en la fórmula Gutiérrez-Palacio en las elecciones de 2002.

 

Palacio asumió el despacho el miércoles 15 de enero de 2003. Gutiérrez asignó a la Vicepresidencia el área social, ciencia y tecnología, la prevención de desastres naturales, la planificación y le permitió designar el ministro de Salud (fue nombrado Francisco Andino, quien renunció meses más tarde, en pugna con Palacio). En la práctica, el área social no estuvo a cargo de la Vicepresidencia, lo que motivó el primer roce entre Presidente y Vicepresidente.

 

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Luis Alfredo Palacio González (born January 22, 1939) served as President of Ecuador from April 2005 to January 2007. From January 15, 2003 to April 20, 2005, he served as vice president, after which he was appointed to the presidency when the Ecuadorian Congress removed President Lucio Gutiérrez from power following a week of growing unrest with his government.

 

Early life

Born in Guayaquil, Palacio is a physician by profession, specializing in cardiology. He studied in his home town and, later, at Cleveland, Ohio, doing residency at Case Western Reserve University, followed by a two-year cardiology fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States. He later lectured in cardiology and public health at Guayaquil University's faculty of medicine.

 

Political career

Palacio was chosen as Lucio Gutiérrez's running mate in the 2002 election. It was a common sight during the campaign to see Gutiérrez, dressed in his army fatigues, accompanied by Palacio, wearing surgical scrubs. Palacio had previously served as the minister for health during the administration of Sixto Durán Ballén. Many of the ministers he chose were from the Democratic Left (Ecuador).

 

Palacio was one of the candidates for the position of director-general of the World Health Organization, to be decided in a vote on November 9, 2006. Howev. r, on October 18, 2006, he announced he would not be pursuing the position, preferring to concentrate on his presidency until the very last day of his mandate.

 

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2011-11-23

updated: 2013-08-28

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