Pablo Longueira

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Pablo Longueira
Pablo Longueira Montes.jpg
Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile
In office
July 18, 2011 – April 29, 2013
Preceded byJuan Andrés Fontaine
Succeeded byFélix de Vicente
Senator of Chile
for Santiago
In office
March 11, 2006 – July 18, 2011
Succeeded byEna von Baer
Personal details
Born
Juan Pablo Longueira Montes

August 12, 1958
Osorno, Chile
Political partyIndependent Democratic Union
Spouse(s)Cecilia Brinkmann Estévez
ChildrenSeven
ResidenceSantiago, Chile
Alma materUniversity of Chile
OccupationCivil engineer

Juan Pablo Longueira Montes (born August 12, 1958) is a Chilean right-wing politician and industrial civil engineer who served as Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile from 2011 to 2013. He is a member of the Independent Democratic Union (UDI) and served as a Senator before being appointed by President Sebastián Piñera to serve in the Cabinet. He was previously a deputy from 1990 until 2006.

In 1981 he was appointed by Augusto Pinochet as the president of the Student Federation of the University of Chile.[1]

On March 30, 2007, he launched his candidacy for President in the 2009 presidential election, but cancelled his bid on May 3.

On April 29, 2013, Mr. Longueira was nominated by the UDI as its candidate for the 2013 presidential election, replacing Laurence Golborne. On 30 June 2013, Longueira won the primary election of the right-wing coalition Alianza por Chile with the 51.37% of the vote against the candidate of National Renewal, Andrés Allamand, becoming the only candidate of the coalition for the 2013 presidential election. On 17 July 2013, Longueira abruptly withdrew his candidature, citing personal health problems as a reason.[2]

He is married to Cecilia Brinkmann Estévez and has seven children. Longueira is a Roman Catholic.

It was alleged that his personal health problems, which took the form of a "depression", came about shortly after the political opposition threatened to make public his long standing affair with actress & fellow politician, Andrea Molina just before the Federal election.

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