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Francisco Antonio Pascual de la Ascension Ruiz de Tagle y Portales was a Chilean political figure. In 1830, he was briefly president of the country. Provisional President of Republic of Chile elected by Congress.
The son of a royalist family, he was a tepid participant in the Chilean War of Independence, specially during the period of the first Government Juntas. After the Battle of Maipu, he became an ardent independentist and joined the Conservative party. Since 1811, he represented Los Andes in parliament. From 1812 to 1814, he served as senator and president of parliament, and in 1814, he became councilman and mayor of the municipality of Santiago and became the provincial governor on February 13, 1817. He was a member of the Government Junta, as a deputy. In 1822, became superintendent of police of Santiago. He was Finance Minister under Vice President Francisco Antonio Pinto, from July 28, 1828 to July 16, 1829.
In the course of events leading to the Chilean Civil War of 1829, he was part of the Government Junta. The junta nominated him as candidate for the following presidential election and Congress elected him as Provisional President on February 17, 1830, by imposition of Jose Antonio Rodriguez Aldea, head of the O'Higgins party. Immediately that Ruiz-Tagle took over as president, the principal leaders of the liberal side were eliminated from the army roosters. This guaranteed the restart of the hostilities.
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