Frei Montalva, Eduardo Nicanor

Frei Montalva, Eduardo Nicanor

(ā'thwär`thō nēkänōr` frā mōntäl`vä), 1911–82, president of Chile (1964–70). A lawyer and editor, he was a founder (1938) of the National Falange, an independent party based on progressive Christian principles, which in 1957 became the core of the new Christian Democratic party. Frei served as minister of roads and public works (1945–49) and in the senate after 1949. On his second try for the presidency (1964), he won a decisive victory. A popular president, he introduced sweeping social and economic reforms within a democratic framework and secured Chilean control of the copper industry. After turning the presidency over to his elected successor, Salvador Allende GossensAllende Gossens, Salvador
, 1908–73, president of Chile (1970–73). A physician, he helped found the Chilean Socialist party in 1933, was minister of health (1939–42) and president of the senate (1965–69).
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, he remained active as head of the Christian Democratic party. He later was a leading opponent of General PinochetPinochet Ugarte, Augusto
, 1915–2006, president and dictator of Chile (1973–90). An army general who served as chief of staff (1972–73) and commander of the army (1973), he led the coup that overthrew socialist president Salvador Allende (Sept., 1973).
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's rule. In 2009 a Chilean judge charged several persons in connection with Frei's death after routine surgery, saying that there was autopsy evidence that the death was due to poisoning.

His son Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, 1942–, also president of Chile (1994–2000), was a civil engineer and businessman before he helped found (1988) the Committee for Free Elections and campaigned against the extension of Pinochet's term as president. Elected to the senate in 1989, Frei became head of the Christian Democratic party in 1991 and its candidate for president in 1993. Benefiting from his late father's popularity, he was elected handily. The policies of the AylwinAylwin Azócar, Patricio
, 1918–2016, president of Chile (1990–94). A lawyer and the son of a Chilean supreme court president, Aylwin was a founder of the Christian Democratic party in 1957 and served as a senator (1965–73).
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 government were largley continued during Frei's term in office. He was succeeded as president by Ricardo LagosLagos Escobar, Ricardo
, 1938–, Chilean political leader. A lawyer and economist, he was an academic and served as secretary-general of the Univ. of Chile under President Allende, whom Lagos supported.
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. the first Socialist to hold the office since Allende. Frei failed to win a second presidential term in 2010, losing to conservative businessman Sebastián PiñeraPiñera, Sebastián
(Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique) , 1949–, Chilean business executive and politician, president of Chile (2010–14), grad. Catholic Univ. of Chile, 1971, Ph.D Harvard, 1975.
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