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Nicolas Repetto


Nicolas Repetto was an Argentine physician and leader of the Socialist Party of Argentina.

A coup d'etat removing the aging, populist President Hipolito Yrigoyen in 1930 gave way to new elections the following year. Facing long odds, Repetto negotiated a "Civil Alliance" with the reformist Democratic Progressive Party (PDP), and agreed to be the running mate for PDP leader Lisandro de la Torre, a well-known anti-corruption activist. The caretaker government, led by General Jose Felix Uriburu, supported the center-right Concordance and refused to guarantee free and fair elections for the opposition, leading the UCR to boycott the polls. This left the Civil Alliance poised for possible victory, and Repetto was imprisoned. On election night - amid widespread irregularities - the Concordance won a sizable margin of the popular vote (a practice justified by the regime as "patriotic fraud"). The two parties were nearly tied in the electoral college, however, and no party had received a majority of electors; though ultimately, enough faithless electors were swayed into supporting the Concordance.

The author of numerous books on Argentine history and policy, as well as of a biography of his friend, Juan B. Justo, Repetto died in Buenos Aires in 1965. He was 94.

Related websites

Socialist Party of Buenos Aires: Nicolas Repetto

Todo Argentina: fraude patriotico

Todo Argentina: 1958

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