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Members of the Revolutionary Government Junta, from left to right: Mario Ricardo Vargas, Raúl Leoni, Valmore Rodríguez, Rómulo Betancourt, Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, Edmundo Fernández and Gonzalo Barrios. Miraflores Palace, 1945

The 1945 Venezuelan coup d'état took place on 18 October 1945, when the dictator Isaías Medina Angarita was overthrown by a combination of a military rebellion and a popular movement led by Democratic Action.[1] The coup led to a three-year period of government known as El Trienio Adeco, which saw the first democratic elections in Venezuelan history, beginning with the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly election, 1946. The Venezuelan general election, 1947 saw Democratic Action formally elected to office (with Rómulo Gallegos as President, replacing interim President Rómulo Betancourt), but it was removed from office shortly after in the 1948 Venezuelan coup d'état.

See also

  • History of Venezuela, 1948 - 1958


  1. Jessup, John E. (1989). A Chronology of Conflict and Resolution, 1945-1985. New York: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-24308-5. 

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