Oscar Valdés

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Oscar Valdés
Oscar Valdés (2).jpg
Prime Minister of Peru
In office
11 December 2011 – 23 July 2012
President Ollanta Humala
Preceded by Salomón Lerner Ghitis
Succeeded by Juan Jiménez Mayor
Personal details
Born (1949-04-03) 3 April 1949 (age 68)
Lima, Peru
Political party Independent
Alma mater Chorrillos Military School
United States Army Command and General Staff College

Oscar Eduardo Valdés Dancuart (born 3 April 1949) is a Peruvian businessman and politician who was Prime Minister of Peru from 11 December 2011 until 23 July 2012. A former military officer, he was appointed as Minister of the Interior by President Ollanta Humala on 28 July 2011. Less than five months later, Prime Minister Salomón Lerner Ghitis resigned and Valdés was appointed as his successor on 11 December 2011.[1] He was dismissed on 23 July, after criticism on his handling of the Conga Mining project.


Born in Lima, Valdés studied at the Chorrillos Military School from 1968 to 1972, and he entered the service of the Peruvian Army as a second lieutenant of the artillery afterwards.[2] From 1987 to 1988 he took course in command and staff at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth. During the 1980s, he acted as an instructor at the Chorrillos military academy, where Ollanta Humala was his student.[3] Valdés retired from army service in January 1991[4] when he was lieutenant colonel,[5] because he was shunted from promotion by intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos.[6] Following his resignation, Valdés engaged in the private sector, managing different businesses in his home region of Tacna.[3]

Valdés took a tough stance towards the protesters against the controversial Conga mining project[5] and social conflicts in general.[6] Ex-President Alejandro Toledo, whose Possible Peru party supported the Humala administration so far, expressed concerns about the "militarization" of the government.[5][7][8] The confrontational stance towards the conflict finally lead to Valdés' dismissal on 23 July 2012.[9]


  1. ^ "Peru". Rulers. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  2. ^ (in Spanish)"Óscar Valdés Dancuart: perfil del ministro del Interior", RPP, 28 July 2011, retrieved 16 December 2011 
  3. ^ a b Peruvian PM resigns, replaced by interior minister, CBC News, 10 December 2011, retrieved 16 December 2011 
  4. ^ Resume at the National Jury of Elections
  5. ^ a b c Kozak, Robert; Moffett, Matt (12 December 2011), "Ex-Brass to Head Peruvian Cabinet", The Wall Street Journal, retrieved 16 December 2011 
  6. ^ a b "Oscar Valdes is New Cabinet Chief Following Resignation of Lerner Ghitis", Peruvian Times, 11 December 2011, retrieved 16 December 2011 
  7. ^ Peru's President Humala swears in new cabinet, BBC News, 12 December 2011, retrieved 16 December 2011 
  8. ^ Quigley, John; Jaramillo, Andrea (12 December 2011), "Humala Replaces 10 Ministers After Mine Protests Shake Peru", Bloomberg, retrieved 16 December 2011 
  9. ^ "Peru's Humala Names New Cabinet to Quell Minas Conga Dispute". Fox Business. Lima. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Salomón Lerner Ghitis
Prime Minister of Peru
Succeeded by
Juan Jiménez Mayor