| Share
 

Luis Herrera Campíns

Herrera Campíns, Luis (lōēsˈ ārāˈrä cämpēnsˈ) [key], 1925–2007, Venezuelan politician and president (1979–84). A lawyer and journalist, he was a founder of the moderate Social Christian (COPEI) party. Accused of prodemocracy and antigovernment activities, in 1952 he was first jailed by the Venezuelan dictator Gen. Marcos Pérez Jiménez and then went into exile in Spain and Germany. While in exile, he and other members of his party founded the antigovernment newspaper Tiela, which was secretly distributed in Venezuela, and he also wrote influential pieces in other Venezuelan periodicals. When the dictatorship was overthrown in 1958, Campíns Herrera returned home and was elected to congress. Elected president in 1978, he enjoyed a few years of high oil prices that enabled him to build at home and to supply oil to Central American and Caribbean countries. However, when oil prices fell Herrera was forced to devalue the national currency. As the economy faltered, he lost much of his popularity and was defeated in the 1983 elections.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Venezuelan History: Biographies


Premium Partner Content
HighBeam Research
Documents Images and Maps Reference
(from Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Newswires, Transcripts and Books)

Research our extensive archive of more than 80 million articles from 6,500 publications.

Additional search results provided by HighBeam Research, LLC. © Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring