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Sixto Durán Ballén
|37th 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|
|12th Mayor of Quito|
August 1, 1970 – February 16, 1978
|Preceded by||Jaime del Castillo|
|Succeeded by||Álvaro Pérez|
|Born||July 14, 1921|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||November 15, 2016 (aged 95)|
|Political party||Republican Union Party (1991–2016)|
Social Christian Party (1951–1991)
|Spouse(s)||Josefina Villalobos (m. 1945–2016)|
Sixto Alfonso Durán-Ballén Cordovez (July 14, 1921 – November 15, 2016) was 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 was married to Josefina Villalobos. He lived in Quito. He was the oldest living former Ecuadorian president.
- 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)
- "Falleció en Quito el expresidente Sixto Durán Ballén". 15 November 2016. https://www.eluniverso.com/noticias/2016/11/15/nota/5905717/fallecio-quito-expresidente-sixto-duran-ballen.
- Press, The Associated (18 November 2016). "Sixto Durán Ballén, Ecuador President in Border Clash With Peru, Dies at 95". https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/world/americas/sixto-duran-ballen-dead-ecuador.html.