Carlos Raúl Contín

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Carlos Raúl Contín

Governor of Entre Ríos Province

In office
October 12, 1963 – June 28, 1966

Preceded by
Leandro Ruiz Moreno

Succeeded by
Ricardo Favre

Provincial Deputy of Entre Ríos Province

In office
May 1, 1958 – March 29, 1962

Personal details

Born
November 4, 1915
Nogoyá, Entre Ríos Province

Died
August 8, 1991(1991-08-08) (aged 75)
Buenos Aires

Political party
Radical Civic Union

Spouse(s)
Nélida Biaggioni

Alma mater
National University of the Littoral

Profession
Biochemist

Carlos Raúl Contín (November 4, 1915 — August 8, 1991) was an Argentine politician and leader of the centrist Radical Civic Union (UCR).
Life and times[edit]
Born in Nogoyá, Contín enrolled in the National University of the Littoral and became a biochemist by profession. He married Nelida Biaggioni, a native of the city of Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, in 1946. Contín campaigned from his youth for the UCR, representing the party as alderman of his city, Nogoyá, at the age of 30 years. A leader of the UCR’s “Unionist” wing (the faction most opposed to populist leader Juan Perón), he became prominent in the Entre Rios UCR when this faction eclipsed the pro-Perón “Renewal” wing. Following Perón’s 1955 overthrow, and with a schism in the UCR during their 1956 convention, he joined the more conservative People’s Radical Civic Union (UCRP). The rival Intransigent Radical Civic Union (UCRI) won the 1958 elections with the exiled Perón’s endorsement, though Contín was elected to the Lower House of Congress for Entre Ríos Province; he was reelected in 1960, but lost his seat when President Arturo Frondizi was overthrown in 1962.
Ahead of new elections in 1963, Contín was nominated as the UCRP candidate for governor of his province in a ticket with the Mayor of Concepción del Uruguay, Teodoro Marco. The duo defeated the UCRI, securing 113,436 votes (33%), versus the latter’s 94,660 (28%).[1] The UCR returned to power in Entre Ríos after 20 years, having last governed the important province from 1914 to 1943.
His government had no majority in the provincial House of Representatives, but was able to enact significant initiatives largely due to the skill of the UCRP caucus leader, César Jaroslavsky. In this way, Contín was able to resume the stalled construction of the Hernandarias Subfluvial Tunnel that would link the city of Paraná to Santa Fe (June 1, 1964), to create the Ministry of Social Policy, the School