Enrique Peralta Azurdia

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His Excellency
General of Division

Enrique Peralta Azurdia
President of the Republic of Guatemala
In office
March 31, 1963 – July 1, 1966
Preceded by Miguel Ydígoras Fuentes
Succeeded by Julio César Méndez
Personal details
Born June 17, 1908
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Died February 18, 1997 (1997-02-19) (aged 88)
Florida, United States Of America

Colonel Alfredo Enrique Peralta Azurdia (June 17, 1908 – February 18, 1997) was President of Guatemala from 31 March 1963 to 1 July 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.[1] In the 1978 election, he was the candidate of the National Liberation Movement but was defeated by Fernando Romeo Lucas García.


Government offices
Preceded by
Miguel Ydígoras
President of Guatemala
Succeeded by
Julio César Méndez