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Javier Velásquez

Assumed office 
12 July 2009
President Alan García
Preceded by Yehude Simon

Born 9 November 1959 (1959-11-09) (age 50)[1]
Political party American Popular Revolutionary Alliance

Ángel Javier Velásquez Quesquén is Prime Minister of Peru. Velásquez was a four-term[2] Congressman representing Lambayeque for the 2006–2011 term; he was President of Congress for the 2008–2009 term. Velásquez belongs to the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance.

On 11 July 2009, President Alan García named him as prime minister during the controversy surrounding indigenous clashes with the government when 34 people died.[3] He was sworn-in at 8:00 pm on 12 July 2009. The appointment of Velásquez, considered a party loyalist, was seen by pundits as an attempt by García to tighten his grip on power for his final term. It is considered a reversal after appointing the leftist Yehude Simon, Velásquez's predecessor.[1] Velásquez is the third person to hold the office in nine months.[4] Garcia, whose approval rating was 21 percent,[3] also replaced the ministers of defense, justice, agriculture and the interior.[5]

Velásquez is considered a governing party insider and served in Congress for 14 years.[4][6] He is thought to be an adept negotiator.[3]


  1. ^ a b AFP (July 11, 2009). "Peru names new prime minister". AFP (Google). Retrieved 2009-07-11.  
  2. ^ Emery, Alex (July 11, 2009). "Peru’s Garcia Names New Cabinet Chief After June Protests". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2009-07-11.  
  3. ^ a b c Aquino, Marco (July 11, 2009). "Peru's Garcia to name party insider prime minister". Reuters (Thompson Reuters). Retrieved 2009-07-11.  
  4. ^ a b Briceno, Franklin (The Associated Press) (July 11, 2009). "Peru's leader shakes up his Cabinet amid protests". The Associated Press (Google). Retrieved 2009-07-11.  
  5. ^ Aquino, Marco and Wade, Terry (July 11, 2009). "Peru's Garcia names party insider prime minister". (Reuters via The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2009-07-11.  
  6. ^ Collyns, Dan (July 12, 2009). "Peru president reshuffles cabinet". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-07-11.  

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Preceded by
Luis Gonzales Posada
President of the Congress of Peru

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Preceded by
Yehude Simon
Prime Minister of Peru


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