Belisario Betancur

Belisario Betancur Cuartas
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Betancur in 2009
26th President of Colombia
In office
7 August 1982 (1982-08-07) – 7 August 1986 (1986-08-07)
Preceded byJulio César Turbay Ayala
Succeeded byVirgilio Barco Vargas
Colombia Ambassador to Spain
In office
16 December 1975 – January 1977
PresidentAlfonso López Michelsen
Preceded byÁlvaro Lloreda Caicedo
Succeeded bySamuel Hoyos Arango
Minister of Labour of Colombia
In office
7 August 1962 (1962-08-07) – 23 April 1963
PresidentGuillermo León Valencia
Preceded byJuan Benavides Patron
Succeeded byCastor Jaramillo Arrubla
Personal details
Born(1923-02-04) 4 February 1923 (age 95)
Amagá, Antioquia, Colombia
Political partyConservative
Alma materPontifical Bolivarian University (JD, 1955)

Belisario Betancur Cuartas (born 4 February 1923)[1] is a former Colombian politician and the 26th President of Colombia from 1982 to 1986. He is a member of the Colombian Conservative Party. At age 95, he is currently the oldest living former Colombian president.

Biographic data

Betancur was born in the vicinity of "el Morro de la Paila", of the town of Amagá, Antioquia. His father, Rosendo Betancur, was a blue-collar worker at the textile company Coltejer, a job that he obtained after having spent most of his life transporting goods by mule through the mountains of Antioquia. His mother, Ana Otilia Cuartas, had a small shop in Amagá. She died in 1950.[2]

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