Jorge Obeid

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Jorge Obeid
Jorge Obeid (HCDN).jpg
National Deputy
for Santa Fe Province
In office
10 December 1999 - 10 December 2003
10 December 2007 - 10 December 2011
10 December 2013 - 28 January 2014
Governor of Santa Fe
In office
10 December 1995 - 9 December 1999
10 December 2003 - 10 December 2007
Lieutenant Gualberto Venecia (1995-1999)
María Eugenia Bielsa (2003-2007)
Preceded by Carlos Reutemann (1995)
Carlos Reutemann (2003)
Succeeded by Carlos Reutemann (1999)
Hermes Binner (2007)
Mayor of Santa Fe
In office
1989 - 1995
Preceded by Carlos Martínez
Succeeded by Horacio Rosatti
Personal details
Born (1947-11-24)24 November 1947
Diamante, Entre Ríos
Died 28 January 2014(2014-01-28) (aged 66)
Santa Fe, Argentina
Political party Justicialist Party/Front for Victory
Spouse(s) Elba Kemer
Alma mater National University of the Littoral
Profession Chemical engineer

Jorge Alberto Obeid (24 November 1947 – 28 January 2014) was an Argentine Justicialist Party (PJ) politician, a member of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies and former governor of Santa Fe Province.

Biography[edit]

Obeid was born in Diamante, Entre Ríos, to Edi D'Acierno de Obeid and Juan Obeid. He enrolled at the National University of the Littoral, in Santa Fe, and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. He taught there from 1972 to 1976, and became a Peronist Youth activist at the time. This forced him to leave the country following the March 1976 coup, and returning from exile in Peru in 1977 to visit family in Diamante he was detained. Following the return of democracy in 1983, Obeid worked as a chemist in a polyurethane plant. He remained active in Peronist politics, however, and in 1987 was elected to the Santa Fe City Council. He became President of the Council in 1989, and when Mayor Carlos Aurelio Martínez resigned later that year, he succeeded him as mayor.[1] He married Elba Inés Kemer, and they had five children.[2]

Obeid was elected mayor in his own right in 1991, and later served as President of Argentine Federation of Cities (1992-93) and as representative for Santa Fe Province in the 1994 Constitutional Convention.[1] He was elected governor of the province for the first time in 1995, winning an election that was fraught with problems, including a breakdown in the computer system counting the ballots that forced a recount to be done by hand. Obeid was declared the winner after 37 days, subsequent to charges of fraud and manipulation. He was backed by outgoing governor Carlos Reutemann and Buenos Aires Province Governor Eduardo Duhalde, narrowly defeating Alliance candidate Horacio Usandizaga and an alternative Peronist candidate backed by President Carlos Menem, Rosario Mayor Héctor Cavallero. He served until 1999, when former Governor Reutemann was returned by voters to a second four-year term.[3]

The provincial constitution of Santa Fe does not allow for reelection of a governor, and Obeid was elected to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies in 1999. He was then returned by voters as governor for a second, non-consecutive term in 2003. Under his administration, and following his initiative, the provincial legislature repealed the controversial electoral law called Ley de Lemas, which had allowed Obeid to twice win the governorship after obtaining less votes than his closest opponent. Termed out of office, Obeid headed the Front for Victory Santa Fe party list for seats in the Chamber of Deputies. His term as governor ended in December 2007 and he was succeeded by the Socialist Mayor of Rosario, Hermes Binner.[1]

He served one more full term as Congressman from 2007 to 2011, and returned to Congress in 2013. Obeid died the following month, however, of a pulmonary embolism; he was 66.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jorge Obeid, el regreso de una figura con peso propio". InfoNews. 29 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Murió el diputado Jorge Obeid". Página/12. 28 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "El Lole acusó al Gobierno de fraguar una elección". Página/12. 29 July 1998. 
Preceded by
Carlos Reutemann
Governor of Santa Fe
1995 - 1999
Succeeded by
Carlos Reutemann
Governor of Santa Fe
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Hermes Binner