Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ramon J. Velasquez | Venezuelan leader, 97

Former Venezuelan President Ramon Jose Velasquez, 97, known for his role in opposing dictatorship in the South American country, has died.

Mr. Velasquez assumed the presidency for eight months from 1993 to 1994 after his predecessor was impeached for embezzlement. He was the last living former president of Venezuela. Opposition politician Henry Ramos Allup announced his death Tuesday.

Before becoming president, he was a lawyer, journalist, and historian. He was jailed repeatedly in the 1950s under the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez. He became a politician after the country's transition to democracy, serving in Congress and in various presidential administrations. - AP

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