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Martín Alberto Vizcarra Cornejo

Martín Alberto Vizcarra Cornejo Martín Vizcarra will be the president of Peru until July 28, 2021. In the 2016 general election, he was elected first vice president of the Republic. On July 28 of that same year he assumed the position of Minister of Transportation and Communications. He resigned as transportation minister in May 2017 after a dispute with the legislators for an airport contract. He was appointed extraordinary ambassador and plenipotentiary of Peru in Canada in September 2017. He held the position of president of the Moquegua Regional Government from 2011 to 2014.

He was born on March 22, 1963 in Lima, Peru. Although his family was based in Moquegua, he had to be born in Lima due to a pulmonary complication. They named him Martin after Saint Martin de Porres. Son of the former mayor of Moquegua and a member of the Constituent Assembly of 1978, César Vizcarra Vargas - with an aprista affinity - and Doris Cornejo, a school teacher, belongs to a middle class family with interests in the small department of Moquegua, in the South of the country.

He studied at IEP Juan XIII and GUE Simón Bolívar de Moquegua. He studied to be Civil Engineer from the National University of Engineering (1984). Diploma in Management of the School of Business Administration - ESAN (2009). He received the Master's Palms in the Amauta Degree, in 2013. He held the position of Operations Manager of the company CyM Vizcarra, from 1992 to 2010. He was Executive Director of the Special Project Pastogrande de Moquegua, 1989 to 1992. He was a member of the board EGESUR, Director of the Moquegua Industries Society, member of the Advisory Committee of the National Council of Science and Technology (Concytec), and Dean of the College of Engineers of Peru.

He participated in the protest for royalties from the mining company Southern Peru in what became known as the “Moqueguazo” in 2008. This event paralyzed the region for 10 days. His participation led him to speak with the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. Subsequently, the legislation was modified but the balance was for losses of more than S / 50 million as well as more than 100 injured.

In 2010 he was elected regional president of Moquegua for the period 2011-2014 by the regional movement “Regional Government for you”. During his tenure, he managed to place Moquegua's schools in first place for three consecutive years -2011, 2012 and 2013-, of the Census of Students (ECE) conducted by the Ministry of Education. After this, in 2015 he received the “Magisterial Palms” in the degree of Amauta. According to the Peruvian Institute of Economy, Vizcarra also made Moquegua the second most competitive region behind Lima and in one of the fastest growing economies. Another outstanding achievement was the negotiation that he resolved with the Anglo American company, which sought the social license for the Quellaveco mining project.

Martín Alberto Vizcarra Cornejo He returned to the political scene before the 2016 general elections, and was part of the presidential formula of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) along with former Minister Mercedes Aráoz as second vice president. After some outbursts in the Peruvians Por el Kambio party, he was appointed head of the electoral campaign replacing Gilbert Violeta in February 2016. PPK along with Vizcarra and Aráoz went to second round with 21% of votes. Before the second round he had an altercation with the current congressman and former mayor of San Miguel, Salvador Heresi, who refused to be spokesman for the party.

In the campaign, the Popular Force party, led by Keiko Fujimori, announced that Vizcarra had 34 complaints before the Moquegua prosecutor's office (later it was learned 48) for his management as regional governor. The office of Moquegua confirmed that only one was prosecuted. After the results of the second round, the formula won with 50.12% of votes. On June 30, 2016, Vizcarra received his credentials as the first vice president of the Republic.

On July 15, 2016, PPK confirmed its inclusion in the Council of Ministers as head of Transportation and Communications and 13 days later took an oath. His decision to finance with public money an Argentine-Peruvian consortium that had been assigned the construction of a new airport in Chinchero, Cuzco, and then admitted that he did not have the necessary funds, placed it at the foot of the opposition criticism. He was accused of wasting public resources to help construction companies. Although the crimes that were imputed to him were not proven, a process of parliamentary dismissal was launched. Finally, he chose to resign.

After the resignation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the first Vice President Martín Vizcarra assumed the position of President of Peru. On March 23, 2018, Kuczynski resigned after a process of accelerated political power loss. Kuczynski had clashes with the opposition-controlled Congress for much of his 20 months in power, and then also fell into the bribery scandal known as Lava Jato, which caught him along with other former presidents, politicians and businessmen.

Martín Vizcarra, new president of Peru and until recently Ambassador Peru in Canada, arrived in Lima from Ottawa, the Canadian capital, to assume the presidency of Peru after the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. In his first speech, President Martín Vizcarra said that hatreds should be left behind and announced that he will have a totally new cabinet, so Mercedes Aráoz, first vice president and former minister, will become an official congressman.

Vizcarra assumed command in the midst of the consternation of Peruvians towards politics, and with good reason. His five predecessors as president were under investigation for money laundering, corruption or human rights abuses. One was in prison, one had just been released and Peru was seeking the extradition of another from the United States. The prosecution had requested an order prohibiting Kuczynski from leaving the country while it is under investigation. However, lawmakers are also not well respected, with an approval rate of 14 percent in an Ipsos survey.

Maribel Díaz Cabello, first lady of the Nation, was born in Moquegua, where she spent all her youth and place where she married Martín Vizcarra in 1992. By essence and profession, she was an educator. Her parents Rafael Díaz and Carmen Cabello were teachers and both taught her to love this beautiful profession. They had four children: Diana, Daniela, Diamela and Martino, and Mateo, a grandson.

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