Enrique Peralta Azurdia

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Enrique Peralta Azurdia
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Head of Government and Prime Minister of Guatemala[1]
In office
March 31, 1963 – July 1, 1966
Preceded byMiguel Ydígoras Fuentes
Succeeded byJulio César Méndez
Personal details
Born(1908-06-17)June 17, 1908
Guatemala City, Guatemala
DiedFebruary 18, 1997(1997-02-18) (aged 88)
Florida, United States

Colonel Alfredo Enrique Peralta Azurdia (June 17, 1908 – February 18, 1997) was President of Guatemala from March 31, 1963 to July 1, 1966.

Enrique Peralta was born on June 17, 1908 in Guatemala City. He took over the presidency after a coup against president Miguel Ydígoras Fuentes, under whom he served as Agriculture (1959–1960) and Defense Minister (1961–1963). He set up the Institutional Democratic Party, a pro-military governing party modeled on the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which dominated Guatemalan politics until 1982.[2] In the 1978 election, he was the candidate of the National Liberation Movement but was defeated by Fernando Romeo Lucas García.


  1. ^ He never officially occupied the post of Constitutional President of the Republic of Guatemala, signed decrees under the title of "Head of Government of the Republic of Guatemala", which can be translated as a de facto Prime Minister.
  2. ^ Guatemala: Democracy and Human Rights (June 1997)
Government offices
Preceded by
Miguel Ydígoras
Head of Government of Guatemala
Succeeded by
Julio César Méndez