2 Jewish Brothers Win Government Posts in Argentina’s Elections

Two Jewish brothers were elected to the Chamber of Deputies as a result of the large majority of votes garnered by the Radical Civic Union in last Sunday’s presidential elections.

According to the Latin American branch of the World Jewish Congress, Marcelo Sturbin, 32, represents the federal capital in the Chamber, and Benjamin Sturbin, 31, represents the province of Santa Fe. The brothers are former student leaders. Before the elections, Marcelo Sturbin declared that he was proud of his Jewish origin.

The WJC also reported that two other Jews are members of President Raul Alfonsin’s economic advisory team. Dr. Bernardo Grinspun and Dr. Mario Brodusohn are expected to play a very important role in the elaboration of the new government’s economic policy.

Alfonsin, who was the presidential candidate of the Radical Civic Union won 52 percent of the vote to 40 percent for Italo Luder, the Peronist candidate. The Peronists, who suffered a stunning defeat, had dominated Argentina’s political life since their party was founded in 1945 by Juan Peron.

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