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Juan Maria Bordaberry dies at 83; Uruguayan dictator
Juan Maria Bordaberry dies at 83; Uruguayan dictator

Former president-turned-dictator Juan Maria Bordaberry, whose self-coup launched more than a decade of military rule in Uruguay died while under house arrest in the country for leading efforts to eliminate leftist dissent in the 1970s. He was 83. Bordaberry's breathing problems and other illnesses had kept him from serving his 30-year sentence in prison. His death in Montevideo, Uruguay, was confirmed by his son Pedro Bordaberry, who holds a seat in the nation's senate. A wealthy, conservative landowner, Bordaberry was democratically elected president in 1971 during a chaotic time in Uruguay, when both wealthy elites and leftist Tupamaro guerrillas saw armed revolution as a...

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