Arturo Frei Bolivar


January 23, 2022

Erwin Arturo Frei Bolívar (Santiago, November 18, 1939 – January 13, 2022)[1] was a Chilean lawyer and politician. He served as a deputy between 1969 and 1973 and as a senator between 1990 and 1998, also being known for his presidential candidacy in the 1999 election.

Family life and studies

He is the son of Arturo Frei Montalva and Marcela Bolívar Le Fort. He was part of the Frei family, of Chilean politicians mostly linked to the Christian Democratic Party; In addition to being the nephew of former President Eduardo Frei Montalva, he was the cousin of former President of the Republic and former President of the Senate Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle and his sister, former Senator Carmen Frei Ruiz-Tagle. Also on his mother's side, he was cousin to Marta Larraechea Bolívar, spouse of Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle and former first lady.[2] His studies were carried out at the Colegio de los Sagrados Corazones in Concepción and in Santiago. Later, he entered the School of Law of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, graduating in 1965, with the presentation of the report Constitutional Bases of the Public Force. Later he received the title of lawyer when he was sworn in as such on December 5, 1966. He married María Antonia Urzúa Meyer, and in a second marriage, with María Beatriz Riutort Barrenechea, with whom he has a son.

Professional life

He was assistant professor of the Tax Law chair at the Law School of the Catholic University. He also served as a lawyer for the Ministry of Economy, and as a prosecutor for the "Huelén" Savings and Loan Association. He was a partner in the firm Avellaneda Ltda. And since 1977, his lawyer. In the 1980s he was president of the Irene Frei Montalva Nursery and Kindergarten Foundation, a non-profit institution dedicated to the care of low-income children.[3] Frei Bolívar was also the author of numerous articles published in various newspapers and magazines. For several years he was a regular columnist for newspapers such as La Tercera and El Sur de Concepción, among others. He was a member of the Chilean Writers Society.

Political life

Beginnings and deputy

He entered the Christian Democratic Party (PDC) in 1957; He was head of the University Christian Democracy in the Faculty of Law and Delegate before the Federation of Students of the Catholic University of Chile (FEUC). He also held the position of chief of provinces of the population part for the presidential campaign of Eduardo Frei Montalva. In 1969 he was elected deputy representing the province of Concepción. As a parliamentarian, he was responsible for presiding over the Joint Budget Commission and the Public Health, Housing and Urban Development and Constitution, Legislation and Justice commissions. In 1973 he was re-elected deputy for Concepción, with the first provincial majority and one of the highest at the national level. During the campaign, he was the victim of an attack against him — a projectile was thrown at his head — by supporters of the Popular Unity in Chiguayante.[4] During several periods he was a member of the Political Commission and National Councilor of the PDC.

Senator and departure from the PDC

In 1989 he was elected with the first majority, senator of the Republic for the Twelfth Circumscription, Biobío Region, taking office on March 11, 1990. From January 1993 to March 1998 he served as president of the Senate Defense Commission. He was also a member of the Housing and Urban Development Commission. Without running for re-election, he resigned from office on March 11, 1998. On March 10, 1998 he was decorated by the Chilean Army with the "Cruz de la Victoria", the highest distinction awarded by this institution to a Chilean politician.[5] In November of that year he visited the former dictator of his country Augusto Pinochet , who was detained in London. After that, Frei was passed to the court of

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