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Vicente Navarro in 1985

Vicente Luis Navarro (October 20, 1927 - January 19, 2010) was a Prasian politician who served as Prime Minister between 1980 and 1985, as well as leader of the Conservative Centrist Party between 1977 and 1990.


While a supporter of the military dictatorship of Alfredo Salva in the 1960s and 1970s, he distanced himself from the regime due to several factors and moved further towards the centre of the political spectrum during his time as Prime Minister. Despite this, he opposed the populist leftist revolt against the regime, especially as the Marxist Movimiento Revolucionario de Izquierda militias seized power in 1979. As the most credible conservative politician, he was backed by the military and the President after a Coup in April 1980 deposed the MRI. In October 1980 elected into office with 62% of the vote, but some criticized this as being rigged in favour of his party, especially being backed by the military. Despite this, he upheld democracy throughout his tenure as Prime Minister and when he lost the elections in 1985 led the first transition of power between different parties since 1955, highlighting a transition to a steady democracy.

Navarro was a key force between the reform of the Conservative Party of which he was deputy leader into the more centrist Conservative Centrist Party in 1975, although he retained maintained many of his centre-right, socially conservative views throughout his political career.

Navarro died on January 19, 2010 in San Luis after suffering from a stroke earlier that month.