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Eduardo Bauzá

Eduardo Bauzá
1st Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers
In office
8 July 1995 – 5 June 1996
PresidentCarlos Menem
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byJorge Rodríguez
Minister of the Interior
In office
8 July 1989 – 15 December 1990
PresidentCarlos Menem
Preceded byJuan Carlos Pugliese
Succeeded byJulio Mera Figueroa
Minister of Health
In office
15 December 1989 – 20 September 1990
PresidentCarlos Menem
Preceded byAntonio Erman González
Succeeded byAlberto Kohan
National Deputy
In office
10 December 1987 – 8 July 1989
ConstituencyMendoza
National Senator
In office
5 June 1996 – 10 December 1999
ConstituencyMendoza
Personal details
Born(1939-11-16)16 November 1939
Mendoza, Argentina
Died17 February 2019(2019-02-17) (aged 79)
Mendoza, Argentina
Resting placeParque de Descanso de Guaymallén
Political partyJusticialist Party
Alma materUniversidad de Mendoza
ProfessionLawyer

Eduardo Bauzá (16 November 1939 – 17 February 2019) was an Argentine lawyer and politician who served as Minister of Health and Minister of the Interior during Carlos Menem's presidency and was later the first Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers.[1] He was member of the Argentine Senate from 5 June 1996 to 10 December 1999.

Education and career

Eduardo Bauzá, a lawyer, graduated from the Universidad de Mendoza. He started his political career in Mendoza Province. He was appointed to his first political office in 1973 in La Rioja Province as the secretary of development, under Governor Carlos Menem. Menem and Bauzá were deposed during the 1976 Argentine coup d'état, and he was detained by the National Reorganization Process a few months later. He was under arrest from May 1976 to April 1977. He resumed his political career in 1982 and helped establish the "Federalismo y liberación" (Spanish: "Federalism and liberation") faction within the Justicialist Party (PJ), led by Menem.[2] They ran for the primary elections to the 1983 Argentine general election, and lost to Ítalo Argentino Lúder. Bauzá also ran in the PJ primary election for governor elections and lost to Carlos Motta.[1]

He was elected as a deputy for Mendoza in 1987. He resigned to organize the political campaign of Menem for the 1989 Argentine general election, which Menem won. He was appointed as ministry of interior. He served for six months, and then moved to the Ministry of Health. There was a national scandal during his tenure, the "Smock scandal" (Spanish: Escándalo de los guardapolvos"). The state had bought 500,000 school smocks at a much higher price than usual and only delivered a tenth part, despite the payments in advance. Eduardo Bauzá was acquitted in 2005 by judge María Romilda Servini de Cubría.[1][3]

Later career and retirement

After several months, Bauzá served as general secretary of the presidency. The 1994 amendment of the Constitution of Argentina created the office of the Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers; Bauzá was the inaugural holder in 1995.[2][4] He resigned in 1996, suffering Hepatitis C. He was elected senator, and ended his term in 1999. He retired from politics and returned to the province of Mendoza.[2]

He organized the political campaign of Menem for the 2003 Argentine general election, Menem won the elections but refused to run in a ballotage election (two-round system) against Santa Cruz governor Néstor Kirchner. At that point, Bauzá retired from internal party politics as well. From then on, he focused on the family business; his great grandfather had established the brand of Bauzá noodles, and the company remains in business.[1]

Illness and death

In 2004 Bauzá was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.[5] His son reported that, although he was severely incapacitated by the disease, he remained lucid during his later years.[1] He died on 17 February 2019, of undisclosed reasons.[2] His family, which includes five sons and seven grandsons, refused to hold a public funeral, and arranged only a private ceremony. He was buried at the Parque de Descanso de Guaymallén cemetery, outside of the city of Mendoza.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Roxana Badaloni (17 February 2019). "Falleció Eduardo Bauzá, ex ministro de Carlos Menem y el primer Jefe de Gabinete de la historia" [Eduardo Bauzá, former minister of Carlos Menem and first chief of Cabinet of history, died] (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Murió Eduardo Bauzá, exministro del gobierno de Carlos Menem y primer jefe de Gabinete" [Eduardo Bauzá, former minister of the government of Carlos Menem and first chief of Cabinet, died] (in Spanish). La Nación. 17 February 2019. Archived from the original on 17 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Condenas en el caso de los guardapolvos" [Sentences in the case of the smocks] (in Spanish). La Nación. 14 May 2005. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Falleció Eduardo Bauzá: un histórico del peronismo local y nacional" [Eduardo Bauzá has died: a historical figure of local and national Peronism] (in Spanish). Los Andes. 17 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Fue internado el ex senador Eduardo Bauzá" [Former senator Eduardo Bauzá, hospitalized] (in Spanish). La Nueva. 6 February 2004. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
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