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Raul Alberto Lastiri

Raul Alberto Lastiri (1915-1978) was an Argentine politician who was interim president of Argentina from July 13, 1973 until October 12, 1973. Lastiri, who presided over the Argentine Chamber of Deputies was promoted to the Presidency of the country after Hector Campora and Vicente Solano Lima resigned. He organized new elections and delivered the country's government to Juan Peron, who won with over 60% of the votes.

His brief tenure marked a turn towards right-wing policies and factions within the Peronist Party. His father-in-law, Jose Lopez Rega, a P2 member and the creator of the paramilitary organization Triple A, was confirmed as Minister of Social Welfare. Alberto Juan Vignes replaced Puig in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Benito Llambi took over Esteban Righi as Minister of Interior. In spite of that, the foreign policy kept a Third World orientation: as an example, on August, 1973, Argentina granted Cuba a 200 million U.S. dollars loan to buy machinery and cars.

Jose Ber Gelbard, also confirmed as Economy Minister, continued with his previous policy, nationalizing bank deposits and announcing a "Triennial Plan" for development.

The terrorist violence experienced sustained growth in the last days of his presidency. On September 25 a Montoneros commando allegedly killed Jose Ignacio Rucci, Secretary-General of the CGT National trade union center and Peron's good friend. The same month, the Ejercito Revolucionario del Pueblo (ERP) had assaulted the Army medical unit located at Parque Patricios, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires, with one death. This action served to justify the ERP illegalization and the closedown of the newspaper El Mundo.

Lastiri was on Licio Gelli's list of P2 members, a masonic lodge involved in Italy's strategy of tension, discovered in 1980.


Initial version translated from Enciclopedia Libre - Raul Alberto Lastiri (in Spanish), under GFDL.

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