Julio Garrett Ayllón (May 22, 1925 – March 19, 2018) was a Bolivian politician and lawyer who served as the 33rd vice president of Bolivia from 1985 to 1989 during the presidency of Víctor Paz Estenssoro.[1][2][3]

Julio Garrett Ayllón
Ambassador to Bolivia to Argentina
In office
33rd Vice President of Bolivia
In office
August 6, 1985 – August 6, 1989
PresidentVíctor Paz Estenssoro
Preceded byJaime Paz Zamora
Succeeded byLuis Ossio
President of the Senate of Bolivia
In office
Preceded byWálter Guevara
Succeeded byGonzalo Sánchez de Lozada
Foreign Minister of Bolivia
In office
19 November 1979 – 7 April 1980
PresidentLidia Gueiler Tejada
Preceded byGuillermo Bedregal Gutiérrez
Succeeded byGastón Araoz Levy
Ambassador of Bolivia to the Soviet Union
In office
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded by?
Personal details
Born(1925-05-22)May 22, 1925
Sucre, Bolivia
DiedMarch 19, 2018(2018-03-19) (aged 92)
Sucre, Bolivia

Early life and education edit

Garrett was born in Sucre, Bolivia on May 22, 1925.[3] He studied law at the University of Saint Francis Xavier in Sucre and the Rio Branco Institute in Brazil.[3] He then studied international relations in Paris before returning to Bolivia, where he chaired the department of sociology at Oruro Technical University.[3]

Politics edit

Garrett was first elected to the Senate of Bolivia, representing Oruro, in 1966. A proponent of bilateral relations with socialist and communist nations, Garrett was appointed as Bolivia's first Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1969 until 1973.[3] In December 1973, Garrett joined the Revolutionary Nationalist Movement (MNR) political party.[3] Just one month later, Garrett, along with former President Víctor Paz Estenssoro, another member of the MNR, were forced into exile in January 1974. Garrett remained in exile in Paraguay and Argentina for five years, until his return to Bolivia in 1979.[3]

Julio Garrett Ayllón was elected to the Senate in 1979 soon after his return from exile. He was soon appointed Foreign Minister of Bolivia, a position he held briefly from 1979 until 1980.[3] He won re-election to the Senate in 1980, but was once again forced into exile from 1980 until 1982 during the dictatorship of President Luis García Meza Tejada.[3]

Garrett returned to Bolivia in 1982 following the end of the García Meza dictatorship and the restoration of democracy.[3] He was elected President of the Senate of Bolivia from 1982 until 1985.[3]

In 1985, Garrett was elected Vice President of Bolivia as the running mate of President Víctor Paz Estenssoro. Garrett, who served as vice president from 1985 to 1989, established the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Sucre during his tenure.[3] Garrett was re-elected to the Senate in 1989, but his election was later invalidated by the Court of Elections. He was appointed to the Andean Parliament, the deliberative body of the Andean Community, in 1992.[3]

Garrett was elected to the national Senate for a fifth term, representing Chuquisaca Department, in 1993. He held the Senate seat from 1993 to 1995.[3] He then served as the ambassador of Bolivia to Argentina from 1995 until 1997.[3]

Death edit

Julio Garrett Ayllón died in Sucre on March 19, 2018, at the age of 92.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ "1985-1989 Julio Garret Ayllón - Vicepresidencia del Estado". www.vicepresidencia.gob.bo.
  2. ^ Vicepresidency of Bolivia Archived 16 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Ex vicepresidente Julio Garrett muere en Sucre a los 92 años de edad". Correo del Sur. 19 March 2018. Archived from the original on 20 March 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by Foreign Minister of Bolivia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice President of Bolivia
Succeeded by