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Revista de historia del derecho

versión On-line ISSN 1853-1784


LOPEZ, Ignacio A. A sick President and an investigative committee Senatorial prerogatives and the case of presidential disability during Roberto M. Ortiz's administration. Rev. hist. derecho [online]. 2016, n.52, pp.101-130. ISSN 1853-1784.

When the democratization policy faced by President Roberto M. Ortiz (1938-1942) was established in 1940, a major political event occurred: the president had to leave due to health problems, and to abandon the presidency temporarily since August. When the authority of his conservative Vice President Ramon Castillo was being consolidated, Ortiz continued to intervene on the development of the most important political events with public statements. In February 1941, some senators proposed a commission to know the "real" status of the President's health in order to neutralize his influence. The secret aim of this parliamentary initiative was claiming senatorial supremacy for a possible constitutional case raised by a forced return of Ortiz, and to collect enough information, for a possible impeachment by disability. he commission on the president's healthdespite it had no concrete resolution-  showed that Ortiz had a severe and irreversible blindness that would prevent him from returning to power. In this sense, the fraudulent conservative project of his Vice president was strengthened and the Senate had the opportunity to claim own research powers.

Palabras clave : Roberto M. Ortiz - Ramón S. Castillo - Disease - Senate - Succession.

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