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Sixto Durán Ballén
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|President of Ecuador|
August 10, 1992 – August 10, 1996
|Vice President|| Alberto Dahik (1992–1995) |
Eduardo Peña (1995–1996)
|Preceded by||Rodrigo Borja|
|Succeeded by||Abdalá Bucaram|
|Mayor of Quito|
August 1, 1970 – February 16, 1978
|Preceded by||Jaime del Castillo|
|Succeeded by||Álvaro Pérez|
|Born|| July 14, 1921|
Boston Massachusetts, United States
|Political party|| Republican Union Party (1991–)|
Social Christian Party (1951–1991)
Sixto Alfonso Durán-Ballén Cordovez (born July 14, 1921) is an American-born Ecuadorian political figure and architect. He served as Mayor of Quito between 1970 and 1978, and as President of Ecuador between 1992 and 1996. He served as congressman in 1984 and again in 1998.
He was elected mayor of Quito in 1970 and re-elected in 1974. In 1979 he ran as the PSC's presidential candidate, but was defeated by the populist Jaime Roldós Aguilera. In 1988 he ran again, but was eliminated in the first round.
After León Febres Cordero's faction inside the PSC succeeded in appointing Jaime Nebot as the party's presidential candidate in 1992, Durán Ballén and his supporters left the party to form the more right-wing Republican Union Party. Eventually, Durán defeated Nebot in the second round of the presidential election.
Ballén has two children. He now lives in Quito. He is the oldest living former Ecuadorian president to this day.
- Morrisson, Christian (ed.) (1994), The Political Feasability of Adjustment in Ecuador and Venezuela, OECD Publications Centre, p. 44
- Sixto Duran Ballen at hipecuador.htm (Spanish)