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Ex City mayor Enrique Olivera dies

Former Buenos Aires City mayor and Jockey Club president Enrique Olivera died yesterday after battling cancer. He was 74.

“He was a man of integrity, he had politics in his blood and was concerned about public policies,” Magistrates Council representative Jorge Enríquez, who was Government secretary during Olivera’s 1999-2000 tenure at the City government, told news agency DyN.

Olivera had been hospitalized in the Mater Dei Hospital.

Born in Buenos Aires on February 9, 1940, he received his Law degree from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in 1961 and continued his studies in the United States. He was also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School

He followed a career in the private sector, reaching executive posts at Fiat and the Francés Bank.

He entered politics in 1986 thanks to late former president Raúl Alfonsín, who appointed him as director of the Public Companies office. Two years later, he was named Tourism Secretary.

In 1991 he was elected lawmaker on a Radical (UCR) party ticket and five years later he shared the winning ballot for the BA City mayorship with Fernando de la Rúa.

Olivera took office as City mayor in 1999 to complete the term of De la Rúa, who was elected president, but declined to run for re-election a year after.

Political operation

In October 2005, he was the victim of a political operation.

By that time, Olivera — who was a Congressional candidate for Elisa Carrió’s ARI party — was denounced by the then-head of the City’s Sports department, Daniel Bravo, who claimed the former City mayor had “forgotten to declare” over US$2 million allegedly deposited in two foreign banks in his sworn statement.

In 2007, two years after that maneouvre, Bravo retracted his allegations in the courts, acknowledging the claims against Olivera were false and that his claim had “casted doubts (over Olivera’s integrity) in an unfair way.”

His remains will be buried in the Recoleta Cemetery today at 11am, the Jockey Club reported in a press release.

Herald staff with DyN, Télam

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