Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Marcos Gustavo Carámbula Volpi

Marcos Gustavo Carámbula Volpi (1947) is a medical doctor (pulmonologist) and has been the mayor of Uruguay's Department of Canelones since 2005.

Being a devout catholic didn't stop Carámbula  of becoming a member of the Socialist Party of Uruguay, before he graduated as Doctor of Medicine. In 1968 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Medical Students. In 1973, shortly before the coup, he was expelled from the Socialist Party, along with five other leaders, due to form a body of opinion which proposed the merger of the party with the Communist Party (PCU).

In November 1979, in the period of dictatorship, he founded with his father , brother Gonzalo and the Jesuits Luis Pérez Aguirre and Juan Luis Segundo the Plaza magazine. 
After the civil-military Carámbula joined the Communist Party leadership and was elected deputy from Canelones in 1984 and 1989. 
Alongside his parliamentary activity, he became secretary and later president  of the Medical Union of Uruguay. He was also chairman of the Juventud de Las Piedras.
In 1992, he left the Communist Party and joined the Frenteamplista Confluence (CONF).
Since 2005 Carámbula is Mayor of Uruguay's Department of Canelones.

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