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David Samanez Ocampo

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David Samanez Ocampo y Sobrino

David Samanez Ocampo y Sobrino (b. 1866 in Huambo, Andahuaylas province; † July 13, 1947, Lima), Peruvian businessman and politician, served as president of his country from March 11 to December 8, 1931.

Samanez was the son of a large landowner. He distinguished himself as an opponent of the dictatorial ruling president Augusto B. Leguía and in 1910, as a parliamentarian, tried to gain control of the city of Cusco in an uprising

After Leguía’s deposition in 1930, several presidents took turns in quick succession, without ending the unrest in the country. In the meantime, Samanez had gained national prestige and was considered to have integrity; on March 11, 1931, he took over the presidency from Gustavo Jiménez, who had been in office for six days. Immediately after taking office, Samanez called presidential elections and the election of a constituent assembly.

Samanez reinstated civil liberties, parties reorganized, and secret ballots were introduced. After the elections of 11 October, he handed over the dignities of office to the winner, Luis Miguel Sánchez Cerro, on 8 December

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