Eduardo Rodríguez

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Veltzé.
Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé
79th President of Bolivia
In office
9 June 2005  22 January 2006
Vice President Vacant
Preceded by Carlos Mesa
Succeeded by Evo Morales
Personal details
Born (1956-03-02) March 2, 1956
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Nationality Bolivian
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Fanny Elena Arguedas
Alma mater University of San Simón
Harvard University
Religion Roman Catholicism

Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé (born March 2, 1956) is a former president of Bolivia; prior to that appointment he was the chief justice of the Supreme Court.


Born in Cochabamba in 1956, Rodríguez is a lawyer and holds a master's degree in public administration. He studied at Colegio San Agustín; later he studied law at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón in Cochabamba and obtained his Master of Public Administration at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Events of 2005

In 2005, after weeks of civil unrest led by Evo Morales, former president Carlos Mesa offered his resignation to Congress. After Hormando Vaca Diez and Mario Cossío, presidents of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, respectively, were forced by protestors to decline the post, Rodríguez as head of the judiciary and fourth in the line of succession became the country's new president on June 10, 2005. Rodríguez was inaugurated with the constitutional mandate to call elections within one year's time.

Resignation and succession

Rodríguez's time in office ended with the inauguration of Evo Morales in January 2006, following the victory of Morales in the presidential election of the previous month.

Treason charges

Under the Morales administration, Rodriguez has been charged with treason following the decommissioning of missiles during his term in office.[1] Bolivia bought about 30 HN-5 shoulder-launched missiles from China in 1993 or 1998.[2][3][4] By 2005 they had become obsolete and Rodriguez made the decision to destroy them; he says he did not know the United States would be the ones to be given the missiles for destruction.[2] Before taking office, Morales charged that the transfer amounted to putting the country "under foreign domination."[5]

He was charged with treason in 2006, which carries a 30-year prison term.[6] He has since been cleared of all charges.


Rodríguez is an ambassador to the International Court of Justice.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Mesa
President of Bolivia
2005 2006
Succeeded by
Evo Morales
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