Emilio Núñez Portuondo

Emilio Núñez Portuondo (September 13, 1898 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S. – August 19, 1978 in Panama) was a Cuban politician, lawyer, and diplomat. He was the 13th Prime Minister of Cuba in 1958. He received the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France.

Dr. Núñez attended La Salle School in Cuba and graduated as doctor of civil and public law in 1919 from the University of Havana. He served as a Representative and Senator from the Las Villas Province and also as the Cuban Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to Panama, Peru, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. He was Secretary of the Constitutional Convention of 1940. Dr. Ramón Grau San Martín was the President of the Constitutional Convention which drafted the 1940 Constitution of Cuba. Dr. Núñez Portuondo served as the Cuban Permanent Representative with the rank of Ambassador to the United Nations in 1952–1958; and was also Minister of Labor in 1954. He served as President of the U.N. Security Council in September 1957. He was Prime Minister of Cuba March 6- March 12, 1958.

Dr. Núñez Portuondo is best remembered as the President of the UN Security Council during the USSR invasion of Hungary. Dr. Núñez Portuondo helped Cardinal Mindzenty of Hungary in assisting refugees into Cuba and the United States.

Emilio Núñez Portuondo
Emilio Núñez Portuondo
BornSeptember 13, 1898
DiedAugust 19, 1978 (aged 79)


He was the son of General Emilio Núñez, Vice President of Cuba during the second administration of General Mario García Menocal in 1917-1921, and who was also Governor of Havana 1899-1902 as well as Minister of Agriculture, Commerce and Labor in 1913. Dr. Núñez Portuondo's brother was the 1948 Cuban Presidential candidate, Dr. Ricardo Núñez Portuondo. He was married three times and had five children, Emilio Núñez Blanco, Ricardo Núñez Garcia, Maria Stana Núñez Garcia, Dolores Brunilda Núñez Fábrega and Fernando Núñez Fábrega, a former Minister of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Panama. His eldest son, Emilio Núñez Blanco, elected to the Cuban House of Representatives in 1958, though unable to take office, was the second husband of Myrta Diaz-Balart (the first wife of Fidel Castro). He is buried in Panama next to his third wife, Panamanian, Olga Fábrega y Fábrega (married in 1937).


Political offices
Preceded by
Andrés Rivero
Prime Minister of Cuba
6 March 1958 – 12 March 1958
Succeeded by
Gonzalo Güell


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