Raúl Othacehé

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Raúl Alfredo Othacehé
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Mayor of Merlo, Buenos Aires
In office
Minister of Government (Home Affairs)
In office
December 1999 – January 2002
Personal details
Born (1946-02-09) February 9, 1946 (age 72)
Buenos Aires
Nationality Argentinian
Spouse(s) Mónica Susana Arnaldi
Children Four
Alma mater University of Buenos Aires
Profession Lawyer

Raúl Alfredo Othacehé (born February 9, 1946) is an Argentine politician, lawyer, and former Mayor of Merlo, Province of Buenos Aires. He is known by his nickname "el Vasco" (Spanish: "the Basque") because of his Basque ancestry.[citation needed]


Othacehé was born in Buenos Aires. When he was four, his family moved to San Antonio de Padua, Merlo. His father and grandfather were railway workers. He was raised as devout Catholic and fervent Peronist.[1]

In 1975 he married Mónica Susana Arnaldi; they have four sons.[2]

Political career[edit]

Othacehé attended the University of Buenos Aires, and graduated as a criminal defense lawyer in 1973.[2]

In 1984, Othacehé was offered an appointment as a judge, but he declined. In 1987 he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of Buenos Aires Province.[2]

Othacehé was first elected mayor of Merlo in 1991, winning more than 50 percent of the vote.[3] He has been re-elected four times: in 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007.

In 1999 Othacehé ran for Governor, but Eduardo Duhalde persuaded him to renounce his candidacy in favor of Carlos Ruckauf.[3]

In December 1999, Othacehé was appointed as Minister of Government (Home Affairs) by Governor Ruckauf. In January 2002, he resigned and resumed his role as mayor of Merlo.[citation needed]

In 2008, Othacehé was named among a list of long-term Argentine politicians referred to as "barons of the conurbation" (barones del conurbano), who have been compared to the Sicilian Mafia.[4]

In 2016, Pope Francis, in a dialogue with the current mayor of Merlo, Gustavo Menéndez, said he himself had suffered from attacks by Othacehé when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.


  • O'Donnell, María (2005). El Aparato: Los intendentes del Conurbano y las cajas negras de la política (in Spanish). Editorial Aguilar. ISBN 978-987-04-0162-9. 

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Carrasco Quintana, Martín (2001-05-28). "El rugbier que amenazó a De la Rúa" [Rugby that threatened De La Rúa] (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "Intendente Municipal Dr. Raúl Alfredo Othacehé" [Mayor Dr. Raúl Alfredo Othacehé]. Municipalidad De Merlo (in Spanish). Municipality of Merlo. 2009. Archived from the original on 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  3. ^ a b Ríos, Gustavo César (1999-10-27). "Othacehé, un convite al duhaldismo para el gabinete provincial" [Othacehé, a threat to Duhalde for the provincial cabinet]. La Nación (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  4. ^ "Nestor y los sospechosos de siempre" [Nestor and the usual suspects]. TotalNews (in Spanish). Alicia Moreau de Justo. 2008-12-01.