Raúl Alberto Lastiri
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|39th President of Argentina
July 13, 1973 – October 11, 1973
|Preceded by||Héctor Cámpora|
|Succeeded by||Juan Perón|
|Born||Raúl Alberto Lastiri
September 11, 1915
|Died||December 11, 1978
Raúl Alberto Lastiri (September 11, 1915 – December 11, 1978) was an Argentine politician who was interim president of Argentina from July 13, 1973 until October 12, 1973. Lastiri, who presided over the Argentine Chamber of Deputies, was promoted to the presidency of the country after Héctor Cámpora and Vicente Solano Lima resigned, he organized new elections and delivered the country's government to Juan Perón, who won with over 60% of the votes.
Rise to power
His brief tenure marked a turn towards right-wing policies and factions within the Peronist Party. His father-in-law, José López Rega, a P2 member and the creator of the paramilitary organization Triple A, was confirmed as Minister of Social Welfare. Alberto Juan Vignes replaced Puig in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Benito Llambí took over from Esteban Righi as Minister of Interior. In spite of this, Argentine foreign policy kept a Third World orientation; for example, in August 1973, Argentina granted Cuba a 200 million US$ loan to buy machinery and cars.
Anti-government violence experienced sustained growth in the last days of his presidency. On September 25 a Montoneros commando allegedly killed José Ignacio Rucci, Secretary-General of the CGT National trade union center and Perón's good friend. The same month, the Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo (ERP) had assaulted the Army medical unit located at Parque Patricios, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires, killing an officer. This action served to justify the ERP illegalization and the closedown of the newspaper El Mundo.
- (Italian) Elenco degli iscritti alla Loggia P2, distribuito dalla presidenza del Consiglio il 21 maggio 1981
- Initial version translated from Enciclopedia Libre - Raúl Alberto Lastiri (in Spanish), under GFDL.
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