The former governor, founder of The National Renewal and Minister of the Interior during the military regime of Augusto Pinochet, Sergio Onofre Jarpa, died this Sunday at the age of 99.
Onofre Jarpa, who remained in a residential for older adults located in the commune of Las Condes, was an emblematic figure of the National Party in opposition to the government of former President Salvador Allende.
The President of National Renewal, Mario Desbordes, lamented the death of the former secretary of state and parliamentarian, «Great sorrow in RN on the death of Don Sergio Onofre Jarpa. An example as president of RN, I witnessed the words of thanks from Don Patricio Aylwin for his great contribution to that first democratic government in leading the democracy of the agreements,» he said.
Prior to the 1973 military coup, he was elected senator by Santiago. Later, he held various positions in the Pinochet regime, starting as Chile’s delegate to the United Nations. In 1976 he took over as Chile’s ambassador to Colombia and two years later he took similar action in Argentina. In fact, he was one of the mediators in the conflict bordering the Beagle Canal.
After returning to democracy, he was a senator for the Maule Region from 1990 to 1994. Three years after leaving the National Congress, he resigned from RN and retired from political life.