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Augusto Pinochet
Augusto Pinochet
President of Chile
In office
17 December 1974 – 11 March 1990
Preceded by Salvador Allende
Succeeded by Patricio Aylwin
President of the Government Junta of Chile
In office
11 September 1973 – 11 March 1982
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by José Toribio Merino
Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army
In office
23 August 1973 – 11 March 1998
Preceded by Carlos Prats
Succeeded by Ricardo Izurieta
Senator for life of Chile
In office
11 March 1998 – 4 July 2002
Constituency Former president
Personal details
Birthday/Birthplace Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte
(1915-11-25)25 November 1915
Valparaíso, Chile
Deceased 10 December 2006(2006-12-10)
Santiago, Chile
Cause of death Heart attack
Citizenship Chilean
Wife/Husband Lucía Hiriart (1943–2006; his death)
  • Inés Lucía Pinochet
  • María Verónica Pinochet
  • Jacqueline Marie Pinochet
  • Augusto Osvaldo Pinochet
  • Marco Antonio Pinochet
Alma mater Chilean War Academy
  • Military officer
  • President
Profession Military
Military service
Allegiance  Chile
Service/branch Chilean Army
Years of service 1931–1998
Rank Captain General
  • “Chacabuco” Regiment
  • “Maipo” Regiment
  • “Carampangue” Regiment
  • “Rancagua” Regiment
  • 1st Army Division
  • “Esmeralda” Regiment
  • 2nd Army Division
  • 6th Army Division
  • Santiago Army Garrison
  • Chilean Army
Battles/wars 1973 Chilean coup d’état

Augusto Pinochet Short Bio

Augusto Jose Ramon Pinochet Ugarte (Valparaiso, November 25, 1915-Santiago, December 10, 2006) was a Chilean military and politician, who led the military dictatorship of Chile that took place between 1973 and 1990, period known in that country as Military Regime.

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army on August 23, 1973, by President Salvador Allende, replacing the resigned General Carlos Prats. On September 11 of the same year he led, in the midst of a political, economic and social crisis, a coup d’état that overthrew the left government of the Popular Unity, ending the period of the Presidential Republic. he ruled the country, first as president of the Military Government Junta, to which the title of supreme head of the nation was added on June 27, 1974, which conferred on him the executive power.

On December 16 of that year Pinochet took office as president of the Republic, a post that would be ratified after a questioned plebiscite and the promulgation of a new Constitution in 1980. His term ended in a democratic way through another plebiscite in 1988 , after which he was replaced – after presidential and parliamentary elections – by Patricio Aylwin on March 11, 1990. Pinochet remained commander-in-chief of the Army until March 10, 1998 and the next day he became Senator for life, Position that he exercised effectively for a couple of months.

Its mandate has numerous followers of the political right, which highlight the establishment in Chile during the Military Regime of a free market economy, integrated into the world economy and with a strong presence of the private sector. This change in the economic model led to accelerated macroeconomic growth, which placed Chile as one of the countries with the greatest economic boom and the highest rates of human development in Latin America, and on the other hand, this model also deepened the concentration of wealth and increased the country’s socioeconomic inequalities.

During the dictatorship, serious and diverse violations of human rights were committed, which is why it has been criticized both in its country and in the rest of the world. Pinochet had to face several judicial processes, some of which were dismissed in life for various reasons, while others were because of his death before a final decision was issued.

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