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|Birth name||Fernando Matthei Aubel|
11 July 1925 |
|Service/branch||Chilean Air Force|
|Years of service||1946 - 1991|
|Commands held||2nd Aviation Group(1963-67)
First Air Brigade(1970-74)
Combat Command of the Air Force(1974-78)
Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force(1978-1991)
Fernando Matthei Aubel (b.Osorno July 11, 1925) is a retired Chilean Air Force General who was part of the military junta that ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990, replacing the dismissed Gustavo Leigh as Air Force Commander in Chief on July 24, 1978. He was part of the Junta from 1977 to 1990, retiring from the Air Force in July 1991.
Before becoming a junta member, Matthei was Minister of Health of the military government.
In October 1988, Matthei was the first Junta member to publicly admit that the regime had lost the referendum to elect Pinochet for a new eight-year presidential term. Later the same day, the government stated that the referendum result would be respected and that the 1980 Constitution path to democracy would be strictly followed.
2003 saw the publishing of the book Matthei. Mi testimonio, written by Chilean historians Patricia Arancibia and Isabel de la Maza, in which Matthei recounts his public life.
In September, 2005, Matthei admitted in a television program that he "did everything possible so that Argentina would lose" the 1982 Falklands War with Britain. There is no evidence that his actions actually influenced the outcome of that conflict.
|Ancestors of Fernando Matthei|
Arancibia P. y de la Maza I. (2003) Matthei. Mi testimonio. La Tercera/Mondadori, Santiago.
- Renz Heinrich, Rodolfo. "Recopilación de la Familia Matthei". Alemanes del Sur (in Spanish). genealog.cl. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
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