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Leopoldo Galtieri
44th President of Argentina
De facto
In office
22 December 1981 – 18 June 1982
Preceded by Roberto Viola
Succeeded by Alfredo Oscar Saint Jean
Personal details
Born 15 July 1926(1926-07-15)
Caseros, Buenos Aires Province[1] Argentina
Died 12 January 2003(2003-01-12) (aged 76)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Spouse(s) Lucia Noei Gentile
Children 3
Profession Military
Military service
Allegiance Argentina
Service/branch Argentine Army
Years of service 1943–1982
Rank Lieutenant General

Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri Castelli (15 July 1926 – 12 January 2003) was an Argentine general and politician. He served as President of Argentina from 22 December 1981 to 18 June 1982. This was during the last military dictatorship[2] (known officially as the National Reorganization Process).[3] He was removed from power soon after the British retook the Falklands Islands, whose invasion he had ordered.

Galtieri died from a heart attack caused by surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his pancreas. He was 76 years old.