Mercedes Aráoz

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Mercedes Aráoz
Mercedes Aráoz Fernández.jpg
Second Vice President of Peru
In office
28 July 2016 – 7 May 2020
PresidentPedro Pablo Kuczynski
Martín Vizcarra
Preceded byOmar Chehade (2012)
Prime Minister of Peru
In office
17 September 2017 – 2 April 2018
PresidentPedro Pablo Kuczynski
Martín Vizcarra
Preceded byFernando Zavala
Succeeded byCésar Villanueva
Member of Congress
In office
26 July 2016 – 30 September 2019
Minister of Economy and Finance
In office
22 December 2009 – 14 September 2010
PresidentAlan García
Prime MinisterJavier Velásquez
Preceded byLuis Carranza
Succeeded byIsmael Benavides Ferreyros
Minister of Production
In office
11 July 2009 – 21 December 2009
PresidentAlan García
Prime MinisterJavier Velásquez
Preceded byElena Conterno
Succeeded byJosé Nicanor Gonzáles Quijano
Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism
In office
28 July 2006 – 10 July 2009
PresidentAlan García
Preceded byAlfredo Ferrero
Succeeded byMartín Pérez
Personal details
Born (1961-08-05) 5 August 1961 (age 60)
Lima, Peru
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity of the Pacific
University of Miami

Mercedes Rosalba Aráoz Fernández (born 5 August 1961) is a Peruvian economist, professor and politician.

She was the second Vice President of Peru of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from July 2016 through March 2018. After his resignation, she acted as the only Vice President of Martín Vizcarra from 23 March 2018 until her resignation on 1 October 2019.

Aráoz also was the Prime Minister, from 17 September 2017 to 2 April 2018.[1]

On 30 September 2019, the Congress of the Republic of Peru suspended the presidency of Martín Vizcarra and named Aráoz as acting president of Peru through a disputed process. The decision was soon seen as null and void.[2][3] The Peruvian Armed Forces continue to recognize Vizcarra as president of Peru and head of the armed forces.[4] Aráoz resigned as Vice President on 1 October 2019.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Afirma ministra de Comercio Exterior, Mercedes Aráoz: Correa puede poner en riesgo negociación entre la CAN-UE" (in Spanish). EFE news agency. 28 November 2006.
  2. "Peru's President Dissolves Congress, and Lawmakers Suspend Him". The New York Times. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  3. "Peru's president dissolves Congress to push through anti-corruption reforms". The Guardian. 1 October 2019. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  4. "Peru's Vizcarra scraps Congress as opposition picks new president". Al Jazeera. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  5. "Peru's VP resigns post and role as 'interim president,' calls for new general elections". Reuters. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.