Pedro Eugenio Aramburu

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Pedro Eugenio Aramburu
President of Argentina
Appointed by the military junta
In office
November 13, 1955 – May 1, 1958
Vice PresidentIsaac Rojas
Preceded byEduardo Lonardi
Succeeded byArturo Frondizi
Personal details
Pedro Eugenio Aramburu Silveti

May 21, 1903
Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina
DiedJune 1, 1970(1970-06-01) (aged 67)
Carlos Tejedor, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Resting placeLa Recoleta Cemetery
Political partyUnion of the Argentine People
Spouse(s)Sara Lucía Herrera
Military service
Allegiance Argentina
Branch/serviceSeal of the Argentine Army.svg Argentine Army
Years of service1922–1958
RankTeniente General del Ejército Argentino.png Lieutenant general

Pedro Eugenio Aramburu Silveti (May 21, 1903 – June 1, 1970) was an Argentine Army general. He was a major figure behind the Revolución Libertadora, the military coup against Juan Perón in 1955. He became dictator of Argentina, serving from November 13, 1955 to May 1, 1958. He was kidnapped by the radical organization Montoneros on May 29, 1970 and murdered, allegedly in retaliation for the June 1956 execution of General Juan José Valle, an army officer associated with the Peronist movement, and 26 Peronist militants after a botched attempt to overthrow his regime.

Military career[edit]

  • He studied at the National Military College
  • 1922: Sub-lieutenant
  • 1939: Major
  • 1943: Teacher in the Escuela de Guerra
  • 1951: Brigadier
  • Director of the Escuela de Guerra
  • 1955: Commander in Chief of the Army
  • 1958: Lieutenant general.

President of Argentina[edit]

President of the Nation during a de facto government, situated at the very center of turbulent political episodes, the image that persists of him is that of a public man deeply identified with the republican ideal. Aramburu did not have the slightest trait reminiscent of an authoritarian military man. He had the manners of a true democrat.[1]

He served as President of the Republic for a little over two years: from November 13, 1955 to May 1, 1958. His tenure is remembered for the fervor with which he fought for the restoration of historical republicanism prior to Perón's reforms.[2]

The Revolución Libertadora which overthrew Juan Perón was triggered in part by his actions towards the press, as well as the imprisonment of opposition leaders and economic instability. For example, Perón incited his followers to wreck the offices and printing presses of newspapers who criticized him and he jailed the leader of the opposition, Ricardo Balbin, of the Radical Civic Union party.[3] The military Revolución Libertadora against Perón for these actions led to three years of military rule under Aramburu, who allowed elections to be held in 1958.

Aramburu's military government forced Perón into exile and barred the Peronist Party from further elections. Perón lived in exile in Spain until 1973 under the protection of Generalísimo Francisco Franco.

He repealed the reelectionist and statist Constitution of 1949 and restored the validity of the historical text of 1853/60, a decision that was later validated by a constituent convention. He promised to hand over power as soon as possible to a president elected by the people. He made a public commitment that none of the military who held positions in his government would accept candidacies when elections were called.[4]

Anti-Peronist political power[edit]

After the end of his presidential term in 1958, Aramburu retired from the military career and devoted himself entirely to politics.

He ran for president in 1963 as leader of the Union of the Argentine People (Union del Pueblo Argentino, UDELPA), with the slogan "Vote UDELPA and HE won't return" ("Vote UDELPA y no vuelve"), referring to Perón.

With the Peronists banned, the Presidential elections resulted in Arturo Umberto Illia becoming president, with Aramburu coming in third.

Yet the military retained much real power, censoring both Peronism and its leader. The fragility of Argentine democracy was shown when Illia was overthrown in 1966 by a military coup led by General Juan Carlos Onganía.

In 1970, Aramburu was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate.


On May 29, 1970 at noon, Aramburu was snatched from his apartment in Buenos Aires by two members of Montoneros posing as young army officers. Montoneros dubbed the kidnapping Operación Pindapoy, after a company that produced citrus in the 1960s. Aramburu's disappearance kept Argentinian society on tenterhooks for a month before it was discovered that Aramburu had been murdered three days after his abduction, following a mock trial and his corpse hidden inside a farmhouse near Timote, Carlos Tejedor, in Buenos Aires Province. He had been shot twice in the chest with two different pistols. Following his arrest, convicted terrorist Mario Firmenich took credit for the kidnapping and assassination.[5][6]

In the following weeks, statements from Montoneros flooded the media. Among other things, they claimed their actions were a response to the executions of twenty-seven Peronist militants who took part in an unsuccessful coup d'état in 1956. However, Aramburu's murder and the coldness with which it was carried out shook Argentine society to its core. Most of the country respected Aramburu as he had been a voice for the return of democracy at a time when the military was still unwilling to allow free elections.[7]

In 1974, Aramburu's body was stolen by Montoneros.[8] The corpse was to be held until President Isabel Perón brought back Eva Peron's body from Italy. It was also an act of revenge for the previous removal of Evita's body. Once Evita's body arrived in Argentina Montoneros gave up Aramburu's corpse and abandoned it in a street in Buenos Aires.[9][better source needed][10]


Aramburu became a martyr for the right-wing of Argentina.[11] For peronists, his assassination was a dream came true, considering he ordered the execution of Juan José Valle and Raul Tanco, both peronist Generals who rebelled against the Revolución Libertadora.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hoy, a 30 años del secuestro de Aramburu - LA NACION". La Nación.
  2. ^ "Hoy, a 30 años del secuestro de Aramburu - LA NACION". La Nación.
  3. ^ On Perón's incitement of his followers to violence against the press and his treatment of opposition leaders see Leslie E. Anderson, Social Capital in Developing Democracies: Nicaragua and Argentina Compared, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2010 esp Chap 3 and Susan and Peter Calvert, Argentina: Political Culture and Instability, Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989. Perón also undermined opposition voices from within his own party and tried to eliminate anyone who disagreed with him and might be a competitor for power within Peronism. On Perón's treatment of the opposition inside Peronism see Raanan Rein, In the Shadow of Perón: Juan Atilio Bramuglia and the Second Line of Argentinas Populist Movement, Translated by Martha Grenzeback, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008. Originally published as Juan Atilio Bramuglia: Bajo la sombra del Lider. La segunda linea del liderazgo peronista (Buenos Aires: Ediciones Lumiere, 2006).
  4. ^ "Hoy, a 30 años del secuestro de Aramburu - LA NACION". La Nación.
  5. ^ "Mario Firmenich Given Life In Prison". Associated Press. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Body of Argentina's Kidnapped Ex‐President Found". The New York Times. 1970-07-18. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  7. ^ La Gaceta, Tucumán, Argentina; Los Andes, Mendoza, Argentina
  8. ^ "The Theft of the Coffin of the Traitor to the Nation Aramburu by Montoneros 1974". Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  9. ^ Negrete, Claudio R. (2010). "Canjeando muertos". Necromanía: Historia de una pasión argentina (in Spanish). Sudamericana. ISBN 9789500737692.
  10. ^ "Body of Argentina's Kidnapped Ex‐President Found". The New York Times. 1970-07-18. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  11. ^ "Hoy, a 30 años del secuestro de Aramburu - LA NACION". La Nación.

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