Óscar Diego Gestido
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|Óscar Diego Gestido|
|27° Constitutional President of Uruguay|
March 1, 1967 – December 6, 1967
|Vice President||Jorge Pacheco Areco|
|Preceded by||Alberto Héber|
|Succeeded by||Jorge Pacheco|
November 28, 1901|
December 6, 1967 (aged 66)|
|Political party||Colorado Party|
|Spouse(s)||Elisa de los Campos|
Diego Gestido was from a military background, and served in the military for 36 years before retiring with the rank of general in 1957. Afterwards he had an important participation during the Uruguayan floods of April 1959, being considered a hero.
He was also a member of the Colorado Party.
President of Uruguay
On 27 November 1966 elections were celebrated, together with a constitutional referendum which gave place to a new Constitution restoring one-person presidency. Diego Gestido was elected President of Uruguay, a post he held from March 1, 1967, to December 6, 1967.
Prominent people in his government included Vice President of Uruguay Jorge Pacheco Areco, César Charlone, Luis Hierro Gambardella, Julio Lacarte Muró, Manuel Flores Mora, and Zelmar Michelini, who later co-founded the Frente Amplio grouping.
Death and succession
His death meant that three Uruguayan Presidents had died in office in a 20-year period.
He was succeeded by his vice president, Jorge Pacheco Areco.
His brother Álvaro Gestido was a notable Uruguayan football player.
- Rivera International Airport is named after him.
- "Burial of President Gestido". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
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