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Former Ecuadorean president dubbed 'Crazy One' returns home

Abdala Bucaram returned early Friday to the South American nation he fled two decades ago after lawmakers declared him mentally unfit to rule.

Published: 17th June 2017 05:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th June 2017 05:24 AM   |  A+A-

In this Feb. 10, 2006 file photo, former Ecuador President Abdala Bucaram offers snacks to journalists at his home in Panama City, Panama. | AP

By Associated Press

QUAYAQUIL: Former Ecuadorean President Abdala Bucaram returned early Friday to the South American nation he fled two decades ago after lawmakers declared him mentally unfit to rule.

Bucaram arrived in Guayaquil after legal claims alleging he embezzled public funds expired.

Nicknamed the "Crazy One" because of his fondness for dancing and throwing parties, Bucaram was booted from the presidency by legislators in February 1997 after just six months in office. He was later accused of stealing about $3 million in public funds being leaving power.

He was granted political asylum in Panama, spending 20 years away before returning home.

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