Lourdes Flores

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Lourdes Flores Nano
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Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Republic of Peru
In office
July 28, 1990 – April 5, 1992
Member of the Constituent Assembly of 1992 of the Republic of Peru
In office
November 22, 1992 – July 28, 1995
President Alberto Fujimori
Member of the Congress of the Republic of Peru
In office
July 26, 1995 – July 26, 2000
President Alberto Fujimori
Personal details
Born (1959-10-07) October 7, 1959 (age 54)
Lima, Peru
Political party Partido Popular Cristiano
Unidad Nacional
Profession Lawyer

Lourdes Celmira Rosario Flores Nano is a Peruvian politician and lawyer. She currently leads the Unidad Nacional (National Unity) alliance and the Partido Popular Cristiano (Popular Christian Party or PPC) in Peru, which is the country's best-known right-of-center party.

Biography[edit]

Lourdes Flores was born in Lima on 7 October 1959. She studied at the Colegio Reyna de Los Ángeles and the law school of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She pursued graduate studies in Madrid, earning a doctorate in law at the Universidad Complutense.[1] As an independent lawyer, Flores specialized in civil and business law. In 1992, Flores attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She later taught commercial law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the University of Lima. She served for two years as rector of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola.[2]

Political life[edit]

At age 18, Flores joined the Popular Christian Party, a conservative branch of the Christian Democracy movement founded in 1966. She was an assistant to Enrique Elías Larosa, who became Minister of Justice.

Flores was elected National Deputy from Lima to the Congress of the Republic in 1990 with more than 250 000 votes. During that election, the PPC formed part of the FREDEMO front backing Mario Vargas Llosa for president.

She opposed the 1992 "auto-golpe" of President of the Republic Alberto Fujimori, organizing congressional meetings in her home. She was elected to the constituent congress later that year and re-elected to congress in 1995.

She denounced Fujimori's holding of Japanese citizenship in 1997 and opposed the activities of his security chief, Vladimiro Montesinos.

Candidate for President[edit]

Flores and Unidad Nacional stayed in opposition to the Toledo government, while supporting some of his economic measures. She ran unsuccessfully in the 2006 presidential race which took place 9 April 2006. As in 2001, former President Alan Garcia (1985–1990) edged her out by a slim margin (0.5%) for the second run-off spot. Garcia was reelected in the 2006 general election.

Candidate for Mayor of Lima[edit]

In 2010, Flores narrowly lost the election for Mayor of Lima to Susana Villarán of the Social Force Decentralisation Party (Partido Descentralista Fuerza Social).[3]

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