Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro

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Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro
Minister of Defence of Uruguay
In office
July 18, 2011 – August 5, 2016
Preceded byLuis Rosadilla
Succeeded byJorge Menendez
Personal details
Born(1942-03-14)March 14, 1942
Montevideo, Uruguay
DiedAugust 5, 2016(2016-08-05) (aged 74)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Political partyBroad Front

Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro (March 14, 1942 – August 5, 2016) was an Uruguayan politician, journalist, and writer. He was popularly known as "El Ñato". A former member of the National Liberation Movement (Tupamaros) (MLN-T), he was in prison during the military dictatorship for twelve years (1973-1985).

He was the Minister of Defense from 2011 until his death.[1][2] On August 5, 2016, he died in office at the age of 74.[3]

His 12-year tenure in prison during Uruguay's military dictatorship with Mauricio Rosencof and José Mujica was the basis for the film A Twelve-Year Night.


  1. ^ "Uruguayan Cabinet". Presidencia de la República. Retrieved 29 July 2013. (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Government Ministers of Uruguay". rulers.org. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Founder of Tupamaro rebels, defense minister dies in Uruguay". Daily Mail. August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2016.

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