Carlos Álvarez (politician)

Carlos Álvarez
General Secretary of ALADI
Assumed office
September 1, 2011
Preceded by José Félix Fernández Estigarribia
President of Mercosur CRPM
In office
December 9, 2005  December 9, 2009
Preceded by Eduardo Duhalde
Succeeded by Gregorio García Biagosch
32nd Vice-President of Argentina
In office
December 10, 1999  October 6, 2000
President Fernando de la Rúa
Preceded by Carlos Ruckauf
Succeeded by Daniel Scioli
National Deputy
for the City of Buenos Aires
In office
July 6, 1989  December 10, 1999
Personal details
Born (1948-12-26) December 26, 1948
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political party FREPASO
Front for Victory
Spouse(s) Marta Chojo
Gloria López Lecube
Liliana Chiernajowsky
Alma mater University of Buenos Aires

Carlos Alberto "Chacho" Álvarez (born December 26, 1948) is an Argentine politician; he was Vice President of Argentina during part of President Fernando de la Rúa's term, and currently heads the ALADI Secretariat.


Álvarez was born in Buenos Aires. His father was a printing worker, and the younger Álvarez's first experience in politics would be in the splinter trade union CGT de los Argentinos, formed in 1968 by Raimundo Ongaro. He earned his degree in history at the University of Buenos Aires.[1] Álvarez married three times in his youth: Marta Chojo, Gloria López Lecube, and Liliana Chiernajowsky. He had two daughters with his second wife, though his third marriage would be the most enduring.[2] He met Liliana Chiernajowsky, who had spent 7 years as a political prisoner during the Dirty War, shortly after her release in 1981. They had one daughter.[3]

He served as an adviser at the Regional Economies Commission of the Argentine Senate from 1983 to 1989. Álvarez established Unidos in 1985, a periodical in support of the progressive wing of the Justicialist Party that would become influential in Argentine universities through the student organization APU. He was elected National Deputy for the Justicialist Party in 1989, but split from the party shortly afterward over disagreements with President Carlos Menem's turn to the right, creating an independent caucus known as The Group of Eight.[1]

Álvarez joined a group of politicians of different progressive parties, as well as former Justicialists, in 1991 to create the Frente Grande coalition party. He was again elected congressman for the 1993-97 period, as well as a member of the Constitutional Convention that drafted the 1994 amendment of the Argentine Constitution. He took part in the creation of the FrePaSo coalition in 1994.[4] Nominated candidate for Vice-President on José Octavio Bordón's ticket, they obtained second place in the 1995 presidential elections.[1]

FrePaSo joined the Radical Civic Union in 1997 to form the Alliance for Work, Justice and Education (usually known as the Alianza). Álvarez was reelected that year to the Chamber of Deputies, this time within the Alianza, in 1997.[1] He ran again as a vice-presidential nominee in 1999, and was elected Vice President of Argentina with Alianza nominee Fernando de la Rúa in the 1999 presidential elections. Revelations of bribery on the part of President de la Rúa in the passage of a labour flexibility law bill in 2000 led Álvarez to resign his post on October 6, 2000, denouncing corruption in the administration and in the Senate.[5][4]

He retired from public life for five years. His marriage to Liliana Chiernajowsky ended, and his notable later relationships included those with politician Vilma Ibarra and actress Soledad Silveyra.[2] He was appointed as President of Mercosur´s permanent representatives committee, CRPM (Comisión de Representantes Permanentes del Mercosur). He took office on December 9, 2005, was reelected in 2007, and served until December 2009.[1] Álvarez underwent vascular bypass surgery in 2009, and recovered.[2] He took office as General Secretary of the Latin American regional trade organization, ALADI (Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración) on September 1, 2011.[6]


Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Ruckauf
Vice President of Argentina
Succeeded by
Daniel Scioli
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