Alejandro Toledo

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Alejandro Toledo
Toledo in April 2015
56th President of Peru
In office
28 July 2001 – 28 July 2006
Prime Minister
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Vice President
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Preceded byValentín Paniagua
Succeeded byAlan Garcia
President of Possible Peru
In office
1 March 1994 – 13 July 2017
Preceded byParty established
Succeeded byParty dissolved
Personal details
Born (1946-03-28) 28 March 1946 (age 78)
Cabana, Peru
Political partyPossible Peru (1994–2017)
Spouse(s)Eliane Karp
OccupationPolitician, Economist
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Alejandro Toledo (born 28 March 1946) is a Peruvian former politician and economist who was the 56th President of Peru from 2001 to 2006. He gained international prominence after leading the opposition against president Alberto Fujimori, who held the presidency from 1990 to 2000. Toledo was also considered a "champion of democracy" in Peru as he was the first democratically–elected president of Peru after the restoration of democracy after 10 years of authoritarian rule by Alberto Fujimori.

Early life[change | change source]

He pursued his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of San Francisco and Stanford University. He originally joined the technical and academic field, from where he participated as an analyst on politics and economics on some occasions.[1]

Political career[change | change source]

He entered politics when he founded the País Posible party, participating for the first time in the 1995 general election. In 2000, he managed to become in the largest opposition leader to the government of Alberto Fujimori, before whom in the midst of a controversial and bumpy process, lost the election for a second time.[2][3] After the transition stage and the return of democracy in Peru, he participated for the third time in the 2001 elections against Lourdes Flores of National Unity and Alan García of the Peruvian Aprista Party; he competed with the latter in the second round, winning with 53.1% of the popular vote.[4]

Arrest[change | change source]

On 16 July 2019, Toledo was arrested in the United States.[5] On 19 March 2020, he was released on bail.[6][7]

Personal life[change | change source]

He is from the town of Chimbote in Ancash Region, Peru. He is married to Eliane Karp of Belgium.

References[change | change source]

  1. Revista GENTE, 16 de julio de 1987. Entrevista SI FUERA MINISTRO a Alejandro Toledo.
  2. ¿Cómo pasó Alejandro Toledo de ser el líder de la batalla contra Fujimori en Perú a estar acusado de corrupción?
  3. "PERÚ: Elecciones recuerdan a fraude del 2000". Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  4. "Toledo gana las elecciones presidenciales de Perú con el 52,76% de los votos". Archived from the original on 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  5. Alejandro Toledo es arrestado en EE.UU. "por mandato de extradición"
  6. "Conceden libertad bajo fianza a Alejandro Toledo por riesgo de Covid-19 | PERU". 19 March 2020.
  7. "Alejandro Toledo saldrá en libertad bajo fianza por riesgo a contagiarse de coronavirus". El Comercio (in Spanish). 19 March 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2021.