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Jaime Guzman


Jaime Jorge Guzman Errazuriz was a Chilean lawyer and senator, member and ideological founder of the right-wing Independent Democrat Union party. He opposed President Salvador Allende and later became a close advisor to General Augusto Pinochet. A professor of Constitutional Law, he took an important part in the drafting of the 1980 Constitution. He was assassinated in 1991 by members of the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front, a left-wing paramilitary organization, during the transition to democracy.

Jaime Guzman was born in Santiago to Jorge Guzman Reyes and Carmen Errazuriz Edwards. Between 1951 and 1962 he studied in the Colegio de los Sagrados Corazones de Santiago, where at a young age he showed interest in literature and strong leadership qualities. Already during his senior year he began to show interest in political life, an excellent student graduate from high school at the age of 15.

Jaime Guzman was a professor of Constitutional Law and a right-wing politician that refused to recognize the legitimacy and constitutionality of the democratically elected Popular Unity government in 1970, and was the most prominent ideological opponent of president Salvador Allende.

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