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Camilo Ponce Enríquez (politician)

Camilo Ponce Enríquez (January 31, 1912 in Quito – September 13, 1976) was an Ecuadorian political figure. He served as the 30th President of Ecuador between 1956 and 1960. He was married to Dolores Marta Gracia de Gangotena y Jijón.

Camilo Ponce Enríquez
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30th President of Ecuador
In office
1 September 1956 – 31 August 1960
Vice PresidentFrancisco Illingworth
Preceded byJosé María Velasco Ibarra
Succeeded byJosé María Velasco Ibarra
Personal details
Born(1912-01-31)January 31, 1912
Quito, Ecuador
DiedSeptember 13, 1976(1976-09-13) (aged 64)
Quito, Ecuador
NationalityEcuadorian
Political partySocial Christian
Spouse(s)

Ponce initially ran in the presidential election of 1948, but only came in third place. In 1951 Ponce, along with Sixto Durán Ballén founded the Movimiento Social Cristiano (MSC), which later became the Partido Social Cristiano (PSC). In 1956 he won the presidential election and named Durán Ballén minister of public works. He ran a final time in the election of 1968, once again coming in third place.

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Political offices
Preceded by
José María Velasco
President of Ecuador
1956-1960
Succeeded by
José María Velasco