Omar Chehade

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Omar Karim Chehade Moya
عمر كريم شحادة مويا
Second Vice President of Peru
shared office with
Marisol Espinoza 2011-2012
In office
28 July 2011 – 16 January 2012
President Ollanta Humala
Preceded by Lourdes Mendoza del Solar
Succeeded by Vacant
(newly Mercedes Aráoz)
Member of Congress of the Republic of Peru
In office
Constituency Lima
Personal details
Born (1970-11-08) 8 November 1970 (age 47)
Lima, Peru
Alma mater University Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
Profession Lawyer

Omar Karim Chehade Moya (Arabic: عمر كريم شحادة مويا‎, born 8 November 1970 in Lima) is a Peruvian lawyer and politician. He worked as consultant lawyer in the Ad Hoc Anti-corruption Prosecution in the cases against ex-president Alberto Fujimori and his intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos. Since 28 July 2011 he has been Second Vice President of Peru, serving under Ollanta Humala.

After graduating from the college "Marcelino Champagnat" of the Marist Brothers, he studied law and political science at the University Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima, from 1989 to 1995. His bachelor thesis was about "Necessary reforms of the offense of murder in the Peruvian Penal Code". From 2003 to 2005, he worked as a legal adviser, adjunct to the rectorate of the prestigious National University of San Marcos. From 2005 to 2008, he was a counsel of the Ad Hoc Anti-corruption Prosecution, heading the extraditions unit in the cases against ex-president Alberto Fujimori and the former head of intelligence service Vladimiro Montesinos. He was ultimately successful in achieving the extradition of Fujimori from Chile, who was eventually sentenced to 25 years in prison, in 2009. Since 2008, Chehade is a partner of the Omar Chehade & Torres la Torre Law firm in Lima.[1]

From 2004 to 2007, Omar Chehade was affiliated to the minor Fuerza Democrática party. In the 2011 presidential elections, he was Ollanta Humala's running mate for Second Vice President. After Humala won the election over right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori with 51.5% of the votes in the second round, Omar Chehade took office as Second Vice President on 28 July 2011. Additionally, he was elected Congressman on Humala's Peru Wins list, representing the city of Lima for the 2011-2016 term.

On 5 December 2011, the Congress suspended Chehade as Vice President for 120 days. This was justified with allegations that Chehade had tried to use his power for helping an agricultural company in acquiring the Andahuasi sugar plantation.[2] He resigned his power as second vicepresident in the night of the 16 January 2012, following of the Andahuasi Scandal.[3] Omar Chehade is married to Ursula Galdos.


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