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Juan Velasco Alvarado

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Juan Velasco Alvarado
Alvarado in 1971
50th President of Peru
In office
3 October 1968 – 30 August 1975
Prime Minister
Vice President
Preceded byFernando Belaúnde Terry
Succeeded byFrancisco Morales Bermúdez
General Commander of the Peruvian Army
In office
15 July 1967 – 3 October 1968
PresidentFernando Belaúnde Terry
Preceded byJulio Doig Sánchez
Succeeded byErnesto Montagne Sánchez
Personal details
Born(1910-06-16)16 June 1910
Castilla, Peru
Died24 December 1977(1977-12-24) (aged 67)
Lima, Peru
Alma materUniversity of Lima
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Military service
Allegiance Peru
Branch/servicePeruvian Army
Years of service1926–1975
Rank General
CommandsPeruvian Army (1968–1975)

Juan Francisco Velasco Alvarado (16 June 1910 – 24 December 1977) also known by his initials JVA or JFA, was a Peruvian soldier and politician who served as the 50th President of Peru and the 1st President of the Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces of Peru from 1968 until his resignation in 1975. He came after a successful coup d'état against his predecessor, Fernando Belaúnde Terry.

Under his presidency, nationalism, as well as left-leaning policies that addressed Indigenous Peruvians, such as nationalization or agrarian reform were adopted. These policies were reversed after another coup d'état in 1975 led by his Prime Minister, Francisco Morales-Bermúdez.

Alvarado kept a low profile until he died in Lima on 24 December 1977, at the age of 67.