After more than 21 years of being appointed as the first President of the Republic, the painting of Rosalía Arteaga rests in one of the spaces of the Yellow Room of the Carondelet Palace, next to those of her predecessors in that position.
She spent seven days in power, between February 6 and 11, 1997, after the fall of Abdalá Bucaram Ortiz and before the interim appointment of Fabián Alarcón, which was executed by Congress despite the constitutional non-existence of that figure.
Counting on Alarcón, after the brief passage of the Azuaya policy by the Presidency, there were six presidents who did not comment on the location of the Arteaga portrait. The seventh president to arrive, the current president Lenin Moreno, made the decision.
The lack of recognition of her short period is due to the political instability of the time. On February 6, 1997, the Legislature ceased Bucaram for “mental incapacity”. And before midnight of that day, Arteaga signed the decree assuming the Presidency. But, the Congress named Alarcón.
That event was known as the night of the three presidents, since Bucaram, Arteaga and Alarcón woke up the next day claiming that seat. An agreement made the policy assume the Presidency temporarily.
However, on February 11, Parliament finally ratified Alarcón as interim President. In 2004, the Government of Lucio Gutiérrez recognized Arteaga as former president. But, there was never an approach to fulfill the placement of her portrait.
Arteaga says that a few months ago, Moreno’s staff informed her of the decision to do so. “It was a pleasant surprise that after 21 years it happened,” she said. She chose the Carchen painter Alfonso Endara to portray her. She believes that he is an excellent artist because he captures people in a credible way and complies with the requirements of the Presidency.
Since the placement of the painting was known, on Friday, June 29, 2018, Arteaga says she has received several congratulatory calls. She is happy although she did not ask for this distinction, the requests came from several social groups of women.
She has not planned to attend these days to the Palace to see with her own eyes the painting, on one of the walls of the Amarilo Room. In this week he will leave for Spain to participate in several academic activities and after his return (July 20) he will try to visit the Carondelet Palace, in the center of Quito. (I)