Misael Pastrana Borrero, President of Colombia 1970

After a close election with a former military dictator, Misael Pastrana Borrero, a lawyer and former business executive, began his term as President of Colombia on August 7, 1970.  A lawyer and business executive, Borrero began his public service as a diplomat to the Vatican, and also served as Colombia’s Ambassador to the US and as Minister of several government agencies, including Development and Finance and Public Credit.  As expected, Colombia’s social and economic problems were a challenge for Borrero throughout his term.  As a conservative, he protected the rights of large landowners and commercial farms, and promoted the housing industry.  His reforms did not move rapidly enough for the disaffected workers, farmers, and students, who continued to call for stronger measures to transform the economy.
Tras una reñida elección con un ex dictador militar, Misael Misael Pastrana Borrero, abogado y ex ejecutivo empresarial, inició su mandato como presidente de Colombia el 7 de agosto de 1970. Abogado y ejecutivo empresarial, Borrero inició su servicio público como diplomático para el Vaticano, y también se desempeñó como Embajador de Colombia en los Estados Unidos y como Ministro de varias agencias gubernamentales, incluyendo Desarrollo y Finanzas y Crédito Público. Como era de esperar, los problemas sociales y económicos de Colombia fueron un desafío para Borrero durante su mandato. Como conservador, protegió los derechos de los grandes terratenientes y granjas comerciales, y promovió la industria de la vivienda. Sus reformas no se movieron lo suficientemente rápido para los trabajadores, agricultores y estudiantes descontentos, que continuaron pidiendo medidas más fuertes para transformar la economía.

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