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Julio Cesar Cleto Cobos is an Argentine politician, currently serving as the Vice President of Argentina alongside President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. He started his political career as member of the Radical Civic Union, becoming Governor of Mendoza in 2003. He was expelled from the party in 2007, when he joined Cristina Fernandez, from the Front for Victory, as candidate for vice-president.
Julio Cobos was born in 1955 in the city of Godoy Cruz, Mendoza. His parents are Fermin and Asuncion, and he has two older brothers. He studied high school in the Military Liceum, and later in the Universidad Tecnologica Nacional (UTN). He graduated from construction engineering in 1979 and civil engineering in 1988. In 1980 he got married with Cristina Cerutti, having three sons. He later stayed at the UTN as teacher.
After his election, Cobos became a leading supporter of Peronist President Nestor Kirchner in Radical ranks, taking a more left-wing position. He was in dispute with other Radicals in Mendoza, led by former governor Roberto Iglesias, now Radical leader, over his support for Kirchner and their desire to back another presidential candidate in the 2007 elections. Una pelea de radicales mendocinos que tiene consecuencias nacionales, Clarin, 4 June 2006. Mendoza's constitution does not allow re-election; however Cobos supported Celso Jaque to take office in 2007 on the same slate as Kirchner.
Profile at Argentine Senate Website
Una pelea de radicales mendocinos que tiene consecuencias nacionales
Argentine Senate rejects farm tax
"Me encantaria poder medirme con Kirchner en 2011"
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