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Vicente Saadi

Vicente Leonidas Saadi was an Argentine Justicialist Party politician. He was a senator and governor for Catamarca Province. Born in Belen to Syrian immigrants, he was the patriarch of the Saadi family that has dominated Catamarca politics since the 1940s.

Saadi was elected Senator in 1946, serving until 1949 when he was elected governor of Catamarca. However, Juan Peron himself expelled him from the party that year. He was re-elected to the Senate in 1973 on behalf of Frejuli, serving until the dissolution of the Senate in 1976. In the 1970s Saadi had been a leading supporter of the Montoneros and set up the Intransigencia y Movilizacion faction; he was a patron of Nilda Garre.

Re-elected in 1983 at the return of democracy, Saadi led the Justicialists in the Senate. He had worked with Raul Alfonsin to plan for the restoration of democracy. He took part in a famous television debate with Dante Caputo in 1984 arguing against the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1984 between Chile and Argentina. In 1987 he swapped jobs with his son, Ramon Saadi, becoming governor once again whilst his son became a Senator. Also in 1987, Saadi decided that the Justicialist Party would not pay the $8 million ransom demanded for the return of the hands of Juan Peron, which had been stolen in June or July of that year. Vicente died in office.

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