February 1, 2015
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Former Argentine President Raul
Alfonsin has died.
Alfonsin's personal doctor says the cause was lung cancer. He
Alfonsin's leadership was seen as crucial to the restoration of
democracy in Argentina, and much of Latin America, from an era of
He led the country from 1983-1989, but his term was cut short by
Shortly after taking office Alfonsin stunned many by ordering
the trial of nine members of Argentina's former ruling military
junta, but later supported amnesty measures for some.
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