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PROFILE: This is Victoria Villaruel, vice president of Argentina, denier of the dictatorship and anti-abortion

Four decades after the restoration of the argentine democracy After her last military dictatorship (1976-1983), the lawyer Victoria Villarruel, accused of denialism by human rights organizations such as the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, will be the vice president of the Government headed by the libertarian Javier Milei.

Villarruel, very close to the military sphere as she is the daughter of the now deceased lieutenant colonel, veteran of the Falklands War, Eduardo Marcelo Villarruel, has defended on several occasions the idea that the number of dead and missing during the military regime was much less than accepted of 30 thousand people.

She has claimed the ‘two demons theory’ to equate the violence of guerrilla groups with State terrorism and, as a lawyer, created in 2006 the Center for Legal Studies on Terrorism and its Victimsan organization that claims that “terrorists” attacked 17,380 “innocent citizens” in the 1970s, of which 1,094 were murdered.

Furthermore, the future vice president is the niece of Ernesto Guillermo Villarruel, who was arrested in October 2015 by order of Judge Daniel Rafecas for crimes committed in a clandestine torture center during the dictatorship.

Initially, Milei had proposed that Villarruel be personally in charge of the Security and Defense areas during her mandate, but the course of negotiations with the rest of the political forces in recent days has lowered the lawyer’s expectations.

“They are decisions that also occur in politics by decision of President Milei who has that prerogative, so I as vice president (sic), as a running mate and as a personal friend of Javier Milei, of course, I accompany him and I accompany the new ministers,” he acknowledged in a recent interview with the TN television network.


Finally, both positions will be occupied by the center-right Patricia Bullrich and the radical Luis Petri, the formula with which the Together for Change coalition competed for the Presidency of Argentina against Milei and Villarruel, and the rest of the candidates in the last presidential elections.

What will be Victoria Villaruel’s tasks as vice president of Argentina?

Due to his position as number two in the State, Villarruel will replace Cristina Fernández at the head of the Argentine Senate and the president in the event of illness, travel, death, resignation or dismissal, according to the Constitution of the South American country.

Born in the City of Buenos Aires on April 13, 1975 (she is 48 years old), Villarruel graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and technique in Urban and Port Security from the National Technological University.

Since 2021 she has been a national deputy, along with Javier Milei, and since the beginning of the campaign impulse his agenda to “reconstruct the part of history” that, in his opinion, “erased” the Governments of the now deceased Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007), along with those of Cristina Fernández (2007-2015) and Alberto Fernández (2019- 2023).

Clearly, Villarruel affirms that “there were not” 30,000 missing during the “National Reorganization Process,” as the military regime called it, but 8,751.

She is also questioned about the visits made to military leaders detained for crimes against humanity perpetrated in Argentina, which she has justified as part of an academic investigation.

To address insecurity, one of the problems that most concerns Argentines, their proposals revolve around the collaboration of federal forces in the fight against organized crime, particularly drug trafficking, present throughout the country and especially in the city of Rosario.

In addition to being considered a “denialist” for her military agenda, she is a parishioner of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius Latin, freedom of worship and the sole authority of the Pope.

He is ‘pro-life’ – just like the president-elect, Javier Milei – and it is foreseeable that he will try to reverse the law that allows abortion up to the 14th week of gestation, whether due to rape or risk to life.

At the international level, Villarruel was the necessary link for the president-elect could have contact with the extreme right in other countries, such as Vox in Spain, the Trumpist Republicans in the United States and the Bolsonaro supporters in Brazil.

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