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Ramón Puerta

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Ramón Puerta
Ambassador of Argentina to Spain
In office
8 March 2016 – 10 December 2019
Nominated byMauricio Macri
Preceded byCarlos Bettini
Succeeded byRicardo Alfonsín
National Deputy
In office
10 December 2009 – 10 December 2013
In office
10 December 1999 – 9 December 2001
In office
10 December 1987 – 10 December 1991
Acting President of Argentina
In office
21 December 2001 – 23 December 2001
Preceded byFernando de la Rúa
Succeeded byAdolfo Rodríguez Saá (interim)
Provisional President of the Senate
In office
10 December 2001 – 30 December 2001
Preceded byMario Losada
Succeeded byJuan Carlos Maqueda
National Senator
In office
10 December 2001 – 10 December 2005
Governor of Misiones
In office
10 December 1991 – 9 December 1999
Vice GovernorMiguel Ángel Alterach (1991–1995)
Julio Alberto Ifrán (1995–1999)
Preceded byJulio César Humada
Succeeded byCarlos Rovira
Personal details
Born (1951-09-09) 9 September 1951 (age 72)
Apóstoles, Misiones
Political partyJusticialist Party
ProfessionPontifical Catholic University of Argentina

Federico Ramón Puerta (Spanish pronunciation: [raˈmom ˈpweɾta] ; born 9 September 1951) is an Argentine Peronist politician who has served as a governor, national senator and deputy and briefly as President of Argentina in 2001.


Puerta was born in Apóstoles, Misiones Province. He attended the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires and qualified as a civil engineer. However, he entered the family business of the cultivation of yerba maté, and became a successful businessman and millionaire.

Puerta was elected a national deputy for Misiones in 1987. In 1991 he was elected Governor of Misiones Province, re-elected in 1995 and served until 1999. He followed the neo-liberal economic model of President Carlos Menem, including privatising the provincial bank of which his own grandfather had been a founder.

In 1999 he was re-elected to the Chamber of Deputies and in 2001 he was elected to the Senate. In November of that year, he was elected provisory president of the Argentine Senate, constitutionally third in line to the nation's presidency.

Puerta served as the acting head of the executive branch of the country for two days on December 21–22, 2001. He came to that position in his capacity as President Pro Tempore of the Senate and, as there was no vice president, he was next in line to the nation's highest office when President Fernando de la Rúa resigned amid rioting. A week after giving up the presidency, Puerta resigned as leader of the Senate in order to avoid retaking the presidency, following a second institutional crisis.[1]

Puerta stood to be Governor of Misiones in 2003, but lost to his successor, Carlos Rovira. He retired from the Senate in 2005. He ran for governor of Misiones again in 2007, and was defeated in the October election, coming in third place with 15% of the vote.

Personal life[edit]

Puerta is unmarried and has two children.


  1. ^ "Argentina 'to cancel' elections". BBC. December 31, 2001. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2015.

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Preceded by Provisional President of the Senate
Succeeded by