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Hector Jose Campora

Hector Jose Campora Demaestre was president of Argentina from 25 May until 13 July 1973.

Campora, affectionately known as el Tio (the Uncle), was born in the city of Mercedes, in the Province of Buenos Aires. He earned a degree in dentistry in Cordoba University and practiced his profession in his hometown before moving to nearby San Andres de Giles.

He knew General Juan Peron when the latter visited San Andres de Giles as ministry of labour in 1944. After Peron was elected president in 1945, Campora led an independent coalition of laborists and radicals and won a seat in the house of representatives, which he presided during the period 1948-1952. He was commissioned for a diplomatic trip through 17 countries as plenipotentiary ambassador in 1953. He was arrested and indicted for corruption and embezzlement by the Revolucion Libertadora which overthrew Peron in 1955. After fleeing the country in 1956, he returned three years later when all the charges were dropped.

Related websites

El general en su laberinto

Enciclopedia Libre Universal en Espanol - Hector Jose Campora

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