Sáenz Peña, Roque

Sáenz Peña, Roque rō´kā sä´āns pā´nyä [key], 1851–1914, Argentine statesman, president of the republic (1910–14) son of an earlier president (1892–95), Luis Sáenz Peña. He had an active career as soldier, legislator, diplomat, and cabinet official before he was inaugurated president (Oct., 1910) for a six-year term. His administration was significant for electoral reform. Because of these measures a peaceful revolution occurred when, in the presidential election of 1916, the landowning oligarchy was replaced by a new group, the Radicals, headed by Hipólito Irigoyen . Sáenz Peña, however, did not live to see the full results of his reform.

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