Pedro Opazo
Pedro Opazo Letelier was a Chile
Chile ,officially the Republic of Chile , is a country in South America occupying a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far...

an politician and provisional vice president of Chile in 1931.

He was born in Talca
Talca is a city and commune in Chile located about south of Santiago, and is the capital of both Talca Province and Maule Region . As of the 2002 census, the city had a population of 193,755....

, the son of Ursicino Opazo and Margarita Letelier. He completed his studies in his native city, and then attended the Universidad de Chile, where he became a physician. He started his political career as the first mayor of the city of Río Claro. In 1920 Opazo was named minister in several occasions as a representative of the Democratic Liberal Party. He was elected a deputy for Curicó (1921-1924) and a Senator for Talca (1924-1930) and Talca, Linares and Curico (1930-1932).

At the time of the collapse of the first administration of Carlos Ibáñez del Campo
Carlos Ibáñez del Campo
General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo was a Chilean Army officer and political figure. He served as dictator between 1927 and 1931 and as constitutional President from 1952 to 1958.- The coups of 1924 and 1925 :...

 in 1931, he was the President of the Senate
President of the Senate of Chile
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. As such he took over as provisional vice president. He assumed on July 26, and that same night he formed his cabinet, headed by a very reluctant Juan Esteban Montero
Juan Esteban Montero
Juan Esteban Montero Rodríguez was a Chilean political figure. He served twice as president of Chile between 1931 and 1932.-Early life:...

 as interior minister and Pedro Blanquier, the other key player, as Finance minister.

When the ministers arrived on the next morning, Opazo resigned by decree on Montero. His entire administration had lasted less than 24 hours. The speed he demonstrated to get rid of the power earned him the nickname of The Relayer , that accompanied him till his death.

After his very brief administration, he was elected Senator for Curicó, Talca, Maule y Linares (1933-1949) and again President of the Senate in 1944. He died in Santiago
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 in 1957.
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