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Ramón Puerta

In office
10 December 2001 – 9 December 2005

Acting Head of the Executive Branch of Argentina
In office
21 December 2001 – 22 December 2001
Preceded by Fernando de la Rúa
Succeeded by Adolfo Rodríguez Saá

In office
10 December 1999 – 9 December 2001

Governor of Misiones
In office
10 December 1991 – 9 December 1999
Preceded by Julio César Humada
Succeeded by Carlos Rovira

Born September 9, 1951 (1951-09-09) (age 58)
Nationality Argentine
Political party Justicialist
Profession Engineer

Federico Ramón Puerta (born September 9, 1951) is an Argentine Peronist politician who has served as a governor, senator and national deputy and effectively acted as President of Argentina during 2001.

Puerta was born in Apóstoles, Misiones Province. He attended the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires and qualified as a civil engineer. However, he entered the family business of the cultivation of yerba maté, and became a successful businessman and millionaire.

Puerta was elected a national deputy for Misiones in 1987. In 1991 he was elected Governor of Misiones Province, re-elected in 1995 and served until 1999. He followed the neo-liberal economic model of President Carlos Menem, including privatising the provincial bank of which his own grandfather had been a founder.

In 1999 he was re-elected to the Chamber of Deputies and in 2001 he was elected to the Senate. In November of that year, he was elected provisory President of the Argentine Senate, constitutionally third in line to the nation's presidency.

Puerta served as the acting head of the executive branch of the country for two days on December 21 and December 22, 2001. He came to that position because he was the provisory President of the Senate and, as there was no Vice President, he was next in line to the nation's highest office, and the incumbent president resigned. A week after giving up the presidency, Puerta resigned as leader of the Senate in order to avoid retaking the presidency because another president had resigned.

Puerta stood to be Governor of Misiones in 2003, but lost to his successor, Carlos Rovira. He retired from the Senate in 2005. He ran for governor of Misiones again in 2007, and was defeated in the October election, coming in third place with 15% of the vote.

Puerta is unmarried and has two children.


Preceded by
Mario Losada
Provisory President of the Argentine Senate
Succeeded by
Juan Carlos Maqueda
Preceded by
Fernando de la Rúa
Acting head of the executive branch of Argentina
Succeeded by
Adolfo Rodríguez Saá

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