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Octavio Lepage Barreto, (born November 24, 1923 in Santa Rosa, Anzo√°teguimarker) was the Acting President of Venezuela from May 21, 1993 to June 5, 1993.

From young age, was member of the student movement of the party Acción Democrática (AD) at the Central University of Venezuelamarker (UCV), being designated in 1945 as Secretary in the Executive Committee of AD in Caracasmarker. Graduates as lawyer in 1947 at the UCV, and in 1948 is elected as deputy for Anzoáteguimarker to the National Congress, also in November of that year, is elected Secretary General of AD, charge that not exercised because of the overthrow of Rómulo Gallegos.

Lepage was the First Secretary of Acción Democrática at the clandestinity from January, to September, 1949, when was succeeded by Leonardo Ruiz Pineda. Also was part of the Secretariat of Organization of the party, in July, 1950, was arrested by the Seguridad Nacional (National Security), being transferred to the prison of San Juan de los Morrosmarker being released in July, 1954, when is expelled from the country, in exile was member of the coordinating foreign committee.

In 1959 was elected deputy for Anzoátegui, in 1964 is appointed as ambassador in Belgium until 1965, when returns to Venezuela assuming the General Secretariat of Acción Democrática, in 1973 was elected senator for Miranda and in 1975 was designated by President Carlos Andrés Pérez as Minister of Interior, being appointed again during the administration of Jaime Lusinchi. He succeeded Carlos Andrés Pérez and assumed the Provisional Presidency of the Republic as the President of the Congress, after the suspension of Pérez. Octavio Lepage was succeeded by Ramón José Velásquez, who became President on June 5, 1993.

References

  1. Venezuelan Ministry of Justice. (1977). ‚ÄúRevista del Ministerio de Justicia‚ÄĚ (Ministry of Justice Magazine)
  2. Review of the second presidency of Carlos Andrés Pérez at Venezuela Virtual / www.mipunto.com


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