Luis Carlos Galán

1943 - 1989

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Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento (29 September 1943 – 18 August 1989) was a Colombian liberal politician and journalist who ran for the Presidency of Colombia on two occasions, the first time for the political movement New Liberalism that he founded in 1979. The movement was an offspring of the mainstream Colombian Liberal Party, and with mediation of former Liberal president Julio César Turbay Ayala, Galán returned to the Liberal party in 1989 and sought the nomination for the 1990 presidential election, but was assassinated before the vote took place. Galán declared himself an enemy of the drug cartels and the influence of the mafia in Colombian politics, in this case the main drug cartel being the Medellin Cartel led by Pablo Escobar and who unsuccessfully tried to become a member of the New Liberalism Movement in his bid to become a member of the Colombian House of Representatives. Galán denounced Pablo Escobar in a public rally, and supported the extradition treaty with the U.S, contrary to the wishes of the Colombian cartels that feared extradition to the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Luis Carlos Galán has received more than 2,277,505 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Luis Carlos Galán is the 4,731st most popular politician, the 11th most popular biography from Colombia and the 3rd most popular Colombian Politician.

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Among politicians, Luis Carlos Galán ranks 4,731 out of 15,710Before him are Leonnatus, Kiril, Prince of Preslav, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, Emperor Sushun, Neferkara I, and Askar Akayev. After him are Karl von Habsburg, Narai, Conrad II of Italy, Bernard of Saxe-Weimar, Slavko Kvaternik, and Mehmed I Giray.

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Among people born in 1943, Luis Carlos Galán ranks 96Before him are Michael Palin, Finn E. Kydland, Masafumi Hara, Jacques Laffite, Eric Idle, and Hervé Villechaize. After him are Alain de Benoist, Antônio Wilson Vieira Honório, Arthur Ashe, Otoya Yamaguchi, Thomas J. Sargent, and Griselda Blanco. Among people deceased in 1989, Luis Carlos Galán ranks 62Before him are Jerzy Kukuczka, A. J. Ayer, Carlos Arias Navarro, Rashid Behbudov, Giuseppe Siri, and Kaoru Ishikawa. After him are Ahmadou Ahidjo, Pérez Prado, Gaetano Scirea, Uichiro Hatta, R. D. Laing, and Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev.

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In Colombia

Among people born in Colombia, Luis Carlos Galán ranks 11 out of 271Before him are Juan Manuel Santos (1951), Shakira (1977), Carlos Valderrama (1961), René Higuita (1966), Carlos Valdes (1989), and Nicolás Gómez Dávila (1913). After him are Francisco de Paula Santander (1792), Griselda Blanco (1943), Álvaro Uribe (1952), Sofía Vergara (1972), Virgilio Barco Vargas (1921), and Belisario Betancur (1923).

Among POLITICIANS In Colombia

Among politicians born in Colombia, Luis Carlos Galán ranks 3Before him are César Gaviria (1947) and Juan Manuel Santos (1951). After him are Francisco de Paula Santander (1792), Álvaro Uribe (1952), Virgilio Barco Vargas (1921), Belisario Betancur (1923), Rodrigo Lara (1946), Julio César Turbay Ayala (1916), Ernesto Samper (1950), Jorge Eliécer Gaitán (1903), and Manuel Marulanda (1930).