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has had many different types of
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as well as many different types of government. During pre-Columbian times, the territories that today form Argentina were inhabited by nomadic tribes without any defined government. During the
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, the
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retained the ultimate authority over the territories conquered in the
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, appointing
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s for local government. The territories that would later become Argentina were first part of the Viceroyalty of Peru and then the
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. The May Revolution started the Argentine War of Independence by replacing the viceroy
Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros
Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros
with the first national government. It was the
Primera Junta
Primera Junta
, a junta of several members, which would grow into the Junta Grande with the incorporation of provincial deputies. The size of the juntas gave room to internal political disputes among their members, so they were replaced by the
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, of three members. The
Assembly of the Year XIII
Assembly of the Year XIII
created a new executive authority, with attributions similar to that of a head of state, called the Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata. A second Assembly, the Congress of Tucumán, declared independence in 1816 and promulgated the Argentine Constitution of 1819. However, this constitution was repealed during Argentine Civil War, armed conflicts between the United Provinces of South America, central government and the Liga Federal, Federal League Provinces. This started a period known as the Anarchy of the Year XX, when Argentina lacked any type of head of state. There was a new attempt to organize a central government in 1826. A new congress wrote a new constitution and elected Bernardino Rivadavia as President (government title), president in the process.Mendelevich, p. 28 Rivadavia was the first President of Argentina. However, he resigned shortly after and the 1826 Constitution was repealed. The Argentine provinces then organized themselves as a confederation without a central head of state. In this organization, the Governor of Buenos Aires Province, governors of Buenos Aires province took some duties such as the payment of external debt or the administration of the Foreign relations of Argentina, foreign relations in the name of all provinces. Those governors were appointed by the Buenos Aires legislature, with the only exception of Juan Lavalle. Juan Manuel de Rosas kept the governor office for seventeen consecutive years until Justo José de Urquiza defeated him at the 1852 Battle of Caseros. Urquiza then called for a new Constitutional Assembly and promulgated the Argentine Constitution of 1853, which is the current Constitution of Argentina through amendments. In 1854, Urquiza became the first President of Argentina, President of modern Argentina, acting both as head of government and head of state. However, the Buenos Aires Province had rejected the Constitution and became an independent state until the aftermath of the 1859 Battle of Cepeda (1859), Battle of Cepeda, although the internecine conflict continued. Only after the subsequent Battle of Pavón in 1861, the former ''bonaerense'' leader Bartolomé Mitre became the first president of an unified Argentina, Argentine Republic. The succession line of constitutional presidents run uninterrupted until 1930, when José Félix Uriburu took government through a civic-military ''1930 Argentine coup d'état, coup d'état''. For many decades, there was an alternance between legitimate presidents and others that took government through illegitimate means. Those means included ''Coups d'état in Argentina, coups d'état'', but also proscriptions of major political partiesMendelevich, p. 130—131 and electoral fraud.Mendelevich, p. 136 The last ''1976 Argentine coup d'état, coup d'état'' occurred in 1976 and resulted in the National Reorganization Process, which ended in 1983. The retrospective recognition as presidents or heads of state of any ''de facto'' ruler that exercised its authority outside the Constitutional mandate is a controversial and relevant issue in Argentine politics. However, their government actions were recognized as valid following the De facto government doctrine, ''de facto'' government doctrine that used to legitimize them. This doctrine was rejected by the 1994 amendment of the Constitution of Argentina, 1994 amendment and would not be applicable for potential future coups. The current head of state is President Alberto Fernández, Alberto Fernandez, who took office on 10 December 2019.

Affiliation keys

United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata (1810–1831)

Junta presidents (1810–1811)

Triumvirates (1811–1814)

Supreme Directors (1814–1820)

Governors of Buenos Aires Province managing international relations (1820–1826)

Between 1820 and 1826, the United Provinces functioned as a loose alliance of autonomous provinces put together by pacts and treaties (see Treaty of Pilar, Treaty of Benegas, Quadrilateral Treaty), but lacking any actual central government until the 1825 Constitutional Congress.

First presidential government (1826–1827)

Governors of Buenos Aires Province managing international relations (1827–1831)

Argentine Confederation (1831–1861)

Governors managing international relations (1831–1852)

Provisional Director of the Argentine Confederation (1852–1854)

Presidents of the Confederation (1854–1861)

Argentine Republic (1861–present)

Presidents (1861–present)

Timeline of head of states of Argentina by affiliation

Timeline of head of states of Argentina by individual

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Rawson" bar:MarcelinoUgarte from: 1868 till: 1868 color:none text:"Marcelino Ugarte" bar:LucasGonzález from: 1868 till: 1868 color:none text:"Lucas González (politician), Lucas González" bar:JoséEvaristoUriburu from: 1868 till: 1868 color:none from: 1895 till: 1898 color:pan text:"José Evaristo Uriburu" bar:DomingoFaustinoSarmiento from: 1868 till: 1874 color:none text:"Domingo Faustino Sarmiento" bar:NicolásAvellaneda from: 1874 till: 1880 color:pan text:"Nicolás Avellaneda" bar:JulioArgentinoRoca from: 1880 till: 1886 color:pan from: 1898 till: 1904 color:pan text:"Julio Argentino Roca" bar:MiguelJuárezCelman from: 1886 till: 1890 color:pan text:"Miguel Juárez Celman" bar:CarlosPellegrini from: 1890 till: 1892 color:pan text:"Carlos Pellegrini" bar:LuisSáenzPeña from: 1892 till: 1895 color:pan text:"Luis Sáenz Peña" bar:ManuelQuintana from: 1904 till: 1906 color:pan text:"Manuel Quintana" bar:JoséFigueroaAlcorta from: 1906 till: 1910 color:pan text:"José Figueroa Alcorta" bar:RoqueSáenzPeña from: 1910 till: 1914 color:pan text:"Roque Sáenz Peña" bar:VictorinodelaPlaza from: 1914 till: 1916 color:pan text:"Victorino de la Plaza" bar:HipólitoYrigoyen from: 1916 till: 1922 color:ucr from: 1928 till: 1930 color:ucr text:"Hipólito Yrigoyen" bar:MarceloTorcuatodeAlvear from: 1922 till: 1928 color:ucr text:"Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear" bar:EnriqueMartínez from: 1930 till: 1930 color:ucr text:"Enrique Martínez" bar:JoséFélixUriburu from: 1930 till: 1932 color:military text:"José Félix Uriburu" bar:AgustínPedroJusto from: 1932 till: 1938 color:pdn text:"Agustín Pedro Justo" bar:RobertoMaríaOrtiz from: 1938 till: 1942 color:pdn text:"Roberto María Ortiz" bar:RamónCastillo from: 1940 till: 1943 color:pdn text:"Ramón Castillo" bar:ArturoRawson from: 1943 till: 1943 color:military text:"Arturo Rawson" bar:PedroPabloRamírez from: 1943 till: 1944 color:military text:"Pedro Pablo Ramírez" bar:EdelmiroJuliánFarrell from: 1944 till: 1946 color:military text:"Edelmiro 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text:"Pedro Alberto José Gnavi" bar:AlejandroLanusse from: 1970 till: 1970 color:military from: 1971 till: 1971 color:military from: 1971 till: 1973 color:military text:"Alejandro Lanusse" bar:CarlosAlbertoRey from: 1970 till: 1970 color:military from: 1971 till: 1971 color:military text:"Carlos Alberto Rey" bar:RobertoLevingston from: 1970 till: 1971 color:military text:"Roberto Levingston" bar:HéctorJoséCámpora from: 1973 till: 1973 color:peronist text:"Héctor José Cámpora" bar:RaúlAlbertoLastiri from: 1973 till: 1973 color:peronist text:"Raúl Alberto Lastiri" bar:IsabelMartínezdePerón from: 1974 till: 1976 color:peronist text:"Isabel Martínez de Perón" bar:ÍtaloLúder from: 1975 till: 1975 color:peronist text:"Ítalo Lúder" bar:JorgeRafaelVidela from: 1976 till: 1976 color:military from: 1976 till: 1981 color:military text:"Jorge Rafael Videla" bar:EmilioEduardoMassera from: 1976 till: 1976 color:military text:"Emilio Eduardo Massera" bar:OrlandoRamónAgosti from: 1976 till: 1976 color:military text:"Orlando Ramón Agosti" bar:RobertoEduardoViola from: 1981 till: 1981 color:military text:"Roberto Eduardo Viola" bar:HoracioTomásLiendo from: 1981 till: 1981 color:military text:"Horacio Tomás Liendo" bar:CarlosAlbertoLacoste from: 1981 till: 1981 color:military text:"Carlos Alberto Lacoste" bar:LeopoldoGaltieri from: 1981 till: 1982 color:military text:"Leopoldo Galtieri" bar:AlfredoOscarSaint-Jean from: 1982 till: 1982 color:military text:"Alfredo Oscar Saint-Jean" bar:ReynaldoBignone from: 1982 till: 1983 color:military text:"Reynaldo Bignone" bar:RaúlAlfonsín from: 1983 till: 1989 color:ucr text:"Raúl Alfonsín" bar:CarlosMenem from: 1989 till: 1999 color:peronist text:"Carlos Menem" bar:FernandodelaRúa from: 1999 till: 2001 color:alianza text:"Fernando de la Rúa" bar:AdolfoRodríguezSaá from: 2001 till: 2001 color:peronist text:"Adolfo Rodríguez Saá" bar:EduardoDuhalde from: 2002 till: 2003 color:peronist text:"Eduardo Duhalde" bar:NéstorKirchner from: 2003 till: 2007 color:peronist text:"Néstor Kirchner" bar:CristinaFernándezdeKirchner from: 2007 till: 2015 color:peronist text:"Cristina Fernández de Kirchner" bar:MauricioMacri from: 2015 till: 2019 color:pro text:"Mauricio Macri" bar:AlbertoFernández from: 2019 till: end color:peronist text:"Alberto Fernández"

Living former Presidents by longevity

As of , there are five living former presidents and one incumbent president. The most recent death of a former president was that of Carlos Menem (1989–1999), on 14 February 2021.

See also

*President of Argentina *Politics of Argentina *List of vice presidents of Argentina *Lists of incumbents




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External links

Rulers.org — Argentina
list of rulers for Argentina {{Heads of State of the South America Lists of heads of state, Argentina Lists of national presidents, Argentina Heads of state of Argentina, * Lists of political office-holders in Argentina, Presidents