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Alfredo Duhalde Vasquez was a Chilean politician who served twice as provisional president in 1946.
Duhalde was born in the city of Rio Bueno, the son of Pedro Duhalde and of Zoila Vasquez. After completing his primary schooling in his natal town, he completed his secondary education at the Liceo de Aplicacion in Santiago, where he graduated in 1916. He then studied law at the Universidad de Chile. He married Yolanda Heufmann, and together they had 6 children: Yolanda, Rene, Sara, Carmen, Marta and Sonia.
In 1939, President Pedro Aguirre Cerda appointed him Minister of Defense, position he held until 1940, and then again between 1942 and 1944 under President Juan Antonio Rios. In 1945 he was elected a Senator for Valdivia, Osorno, Llanquihue, Aysen, Chiloe and Magallanes. On September 26 of the same year, he was appointed Minister of the Interior, and assumed as Vice President during the absence of President Rios, who had travelled to the United States. President Rios returned and reassumed power on December 3, but by then he was already very ill and had to hand over his powers to Duhalde again a little more than a month later on January 17, 1946.
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