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Changeover in Ecuador following plane crash

Ecuador's President Jaime Roldos, killed when his plane crashed near the Peruvian border, was, at 40, the youngest person ever elected a head of state in Latin America.

Vice-President Osvaldo Hurtado was sworn in as president hours after the news of the accident and will complete Mr. Roldos' term of office, due to expire in 1984.

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Mr. Roldos took over in 1979 after his Concentration of Popular Forces party won a landslide election.

The young lawyer, a self-styled left-of-center populist, was the first elected president after nearly 10 years of military rule in Ecuador.

Mr. Roldos emerged as a vocal leader of the Andean Pact, an economic grouping of Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia, and its role as a strong democratic bloc in an area where militar y governments have long been dominant.

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