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Ex-President Itamar Franco dies aged 81

Salvador : Brazil | Jul 02, 2011 at 12:23 PM PDT
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The former president Itamar Franco died Saturday in St. Paul, a victim of leukemia. Senator PPS Minas Gerais, he was on leave from office to take care of the disease, diagnosed this year.

Itamar, who turned 81 on June 28, died in the ICU of Albert Einstein Hospital, where he was hospitalized. A civil engineer by training, he gained national prominence when he was elected vice-presidential running mate of Fernando Collor de Mello in 1989

With the removal of the president, took office between November 1992 and December 1994, a period that was marked by the Real Plan.

Born in a coaster that went from the Rio de Janeiro to Salvador, Itamar was created in Juiz de Fora, where he was elected mayor in 1967 and later, in 1972. In 1974 he was elected senator for the first time by Minas Gerais and reelected in 1982.

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During the military dictatorship (1964-1985), Itamar was a member of the MDB (Brazilian Democratic Movement). After replacing the PMDB (successor to the MDB) by PL (Liberal Party), Itamar participated in the work of the Constituent Assembly. In 1989, he went to the small PRN (National Reconstruction Party) in order to run for the office of vice president, Collor's on the plate.

As the growing accusations of corruption, Itamar moved away from the former president. Finally took the presidency after Collor resign amid impeachment proceedings.

Itamar was given command of the country with annual inflation of 1,100% in 1992. In 1993, he appointed Fernando Henrique Cardoso as his finance minister. The following year, launched the Real Plan, which, with the fight against inflation, stabilized the economy and ensured the election of the then Minister for the Presidency.

Itamar did then and opposition to Cardoso was elected governor of Minas Gerais in 1998, the PMDB. Supported former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in 2002, who would also break. Affiliated to the PPS (Popular Socialist Party), also in opposition, was elected senator in 2010. The career was interrupted for almost two months, when asked permission to treat leukemia.

In the Lula administration, he served as Ambassador of Brazil in Rome.

Divorced, father of two daughters, Itamar caused controversy by appearing alongside the then model Lilian Ramos, caught without underwear during Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro in 1994, when he was president.

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