One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries: a political leader; especially a local prefect, boss, or cacique.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From Spanish jefe político civil governor, (in Argentina) chief of police from jefe + político political.
jefe politico/ˈhɛfeɪ pəˈlɪtɪkəʊ/
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