Jorge Del Castillo

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Jorge del Castillo
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Political Secretary General of the Peruvian Aprista Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 March 2010
Preceded by Vacant
In office
December 1999 – July 2006
Preceded by Luis Alva Castro
Succeeded by None (Mauricio Mulder held both offices until 2010 as Institutional SG)
Prime Minister of Peru
In office
28 July 2006 – 14 October 2008
President Alan García
Preceded by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Succeeded by Yehude Simon
Member of Congress
In office
26 July 1995 – 26 July 2011
Constituency Lima
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
26 July 1990 – 5 April 1992
Constituency Lima
Mayor of Lima
In office
1 January 1987 – 31 December 1989
Preceded by Alfonso Barrantes
Succeeded by Ricardo Belmont
Mayor of Barranco
In office
1 January 1984 – 31 December 1986
Preceded by Nicomedes Montalván Prado
Succeeded by Pedro Allemant Centeno
District Councilman of Barranco
In office
1 January 1981 – 31 December 1983
Personal details
Born (1950-07-02) 2 July 1950 (age 64)
Lima, Peru
Political party Peruvian Aprista Party
Alma mater National University of San Marcos
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Religion Roman Catholic

Jorge Alfonso Alejandro del Castillo Gálvez (born July 2, 1950) is a Peruvian lawyer and politician. He was the Prime Minister of Peru. He is also a member and current Secretary-General of the Peruvian Aprista Party. In his career he has served in the now abolished Peruvian Chamber of Deputies, in the Peruvian Congress of the Republic, and as mayor of Lima and Barranco.

Education[edit]

Born at Lima, Jorge Del Castillo studied law at the National University of San Marcos from 1968 to 1974. Between 1993 and 1994 Del Castillo studied Constitutional Law at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. He holds a degree

Politics[edit]

Mayorships and Congress[edit]

A prominent member of the Peruvian Aprista Party, Del Castillo was elected for public office as Councilman of the District of Barranco in 1981. In 1984, he was elected Mayor of the same district. He held the position until 1985, when President Alan García appointed him Prefect (appointed department governor) of Lima. He rose to political prominence after being elected Mayor of Lima in 1987, defeating various popular candidates such as former christian democrat Mayor from the 1960s, Luis Bedoya Reyes and current marxist Mayor Alfonso Barrantes Lingán. As Mayor, he did very little in the case of infrastructure and rehabilitation of roads, although he claimed that he couldn't do much because of the rise of terrorism.

In 1990, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, serving until 1992, when President Alberto Fujimori dissolved Congress. During his short term in Congress, he defended APRA leader Alan García from the accusations against him involving corruption and unjust enrichment. After his ousting as a Deputy, he helped García escape from Peru and find refuge in Colombia. With García in exile, Del Castillo became one of the most respected leaders of the Party, and was elected Secretary General in 1999.

Del Castillo returned to politics in 1995, when he was elected to Congress representing Lima. He was reelected for office in 2000, 2001, and 2006. In 2004, he was ratified as Secretary General of the Party for a second term, serving until 2006, when he resigned after being named by newly elected President Alan García as his inaugural Prime Minister.

Premiership[edit]

Del Castillo was sworn in as García's Prime Minister on July 28, 2006, swearing for Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre and "APRA martyrs blood". During his premiership, he gave political and economic stability to the country, generating confidence with Congress, making agreements with various unions and successfully managing social conflicts within the country.

Petroaudios and resignations[edit]

After the "Petroaudios" scandal revealed Del Castillo's involvement, he tendered his resignation with the whole cabinet on October 10, 2008, to President Alan García, marking his political downfall.[1]

Post-Premiership[edit]

He served in Congress until 2011, after failing to achieve a fourth reelection. He currently serves as Secretary General of the Party, after the National Convention elected him in 2010, concurrently with former Governor of AyacuchoOmar Quesada. In 2014, APRA leader and former President Alan García announced his candidacy for President for 2016, appointing Del Castillo as head of his Government Plan 2016-2021.

Offices[edit]

Public[edit]

  • District Councilman of Barranco (1981-1983)
  • Mayor of the District of Barranco (1984-1986)
  • Prefect of the Department of Lima (1985-1986)
  • Metropolitan Mayor of Lima (1987-1989)
  • Chairman of Association of Municipalities of Peru (1987-1989)
  • Member of the Chamber of Deputies (1990-1992)
  • Member of Congress (1995-2000) (2000-2001) (2001-2006) (2006-2011)
  • Second Vice President of Congress (2001-2002)
  • President of the Council of Ministers (2006-2008)

Party[edit]

  • Secretary General of the District Executive Committee - Barranco (1982)
  • Chairman of the National Political Commission (1993-1995)
  • Secretary General of the National Executive Committee (1999-2004) (2004-2006)
  • Candidate for the First Vice Presidency of the Republic of Peru (2000)
  • Candidate for the Second Vice Presidency of the Republic of Peru (2001)
  • Political Secretary General of the National Executive Committee (2010-)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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