Arturo Frondizi Biography


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Arturo FrondiziArturo Frondizi; (1908-April 18, 1995), Argentine political leader. He was born on Oct. 28, 1908, in Corrientes province and studied law at the University of Brenos Aires where he became an active member of the Unión Cívica Radical. He was elected to the lower house of the Argentine Congress in 1946, the year that Juan Perón was elected president. Frondizi protested Perón’s authoritarian policies and he also decried foreign exploitation of the nation’s oil resources.

In the elections of 1958, as the candidate of one wing of the Radical Party, Frondizi succeeded the provisional president, Pedro Eugenio Aramburu. He was supported by peronistas, who were not permitted to put up their own candidates. His achievements as president included an austerity program to check inflation and, reversing his earlier position, agreements with several foreign oil companies, which gave Argentina self-sufficiency in oil production by 1961.

Frondizi was removed in a coup d’etat on March 29, 1962, by military leaders. The army resented his allowing peronistas to put up candidates who won stunning victories in gubernatorial and congressional elections. He remained a prisoner until the election of a successor in 1963.

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