Pedro Cateriano

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Pedro Cateriano
Pedro Cateriano Bellido.jpg
Prime Minister of Peru
In office
July 15, 2020 – 6 August 2020
PresidentMartín Vizcarra
Preceded byVicente Zeballos
Succeeded byWalter Martos
In office
April 2, 2015 – July 28, 2016
PresidentOllanta Humala
Preceded byAna Jara
Succeeded byFernando Zavala
Minister of Defense
In office
July 23, 2012 – April 2, 2015
PresidentOllanta Humala
Prime MinisterJuan Jiménez Mayor
César Villanueva
René Cornejo
Ana Jara
Preceded byJosé Antonio Urquizo
Succeeded byJakke Valakivi
Deputy Minister of Justice
In office
July 31, 2001 – June 21, 2002
PresidentAlejandro Toledo
Prime MinisterRoberto Dañino
MinisterFernando Olivera
Preceded byJuan Jiménez Mayor
Succeeded byAlfredo Antonio Solf Montalve
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
July 26, 1990 – April 5, 1992
Personal details
Born (1958-06-26) June 26, 1958 (age 63)
Lima, Peru
Nationality Peruvian
Political partyIndependent (1992-present)
Other political
Liberty Movement (1989–1992)
Alma materPontifical Catholic University of Peru (LLB)
Complutense University

Pedro Álvaro Cateriano Bellido (born June 26, 1958) is a Peruvian lawyer and politician. In July 2020, he became the Prime Minister of Peru under Martín Vizcarra's administration.[1] He left the position on 6 August 2020. He was Ollanta Humala's Minister of Defense from July 2012 to April 2015, and Prime Minister from April 2015 to July 2016.

Biography[change | change source]

Born in the capital city of Lima in 1958, Cateriano pursued a law degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, specializing in constitutional law. During his brief term in the Peruvian Congress between 1990 and 1992, Cateriano attained a prominent role as a ranking member of the congressional investigative committee on Alan García's first administration (1985-1990).[2][3] Alongside Lourdes Flores and Fernando Olivera, the committee was ultimately disbanded following García's acquittal by the Supreme Court in March 1992. Cateriano published in the following years a detailed work on the investigation.[4]

After a failed run for the Peruvian Congress, Cateriano worked extensively in opposition to Alberto Fujimori's presidency, ultimately being appointed to the Constitutional Reform Advisory Body of the Ministry of Justice in the presidency of Valentín Paniagua. Subsequently, he was appointed under Alejandro Toledo's presidency as Deputy Minister of Justice, serving until his resignation in June 2002, alongside minister and former colleague, Fernando Olivera.[5]

During the presidency of Ollanta Humala, Cateriano served as Minister of Defense from July 2012 to April 2015. In his almost three-year tenure, he remained a controversial member of Humala's administration, constantly clashing with the opposition regarding the government's modus operandi, in which First Lady Nadine Heredia seemingly interfered with government decisions. He also faced criticism for his support of pecuniary sanctions on voluntary military service enrollment, which the Constitutional Court declared the measure unconstitutional. Upon the resignation of Ana Jara on 2 April 2015, due to her being censured by the Peruvian Congress regarding illegal government espionage under her management as Prime Minister of Peru, Cateriano was appointed as her successor. Seemed by pundits as a government loyalist, he served through the end of Humala's presidency.[6]

Cateriano was sworn as Prime Minister of Peru on 15 July 2020, succeeding Vicente Zeballos as the government faces strong criticism due to Vizcarra's management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Peru.[7] He would serve until 4 August 2020, less than three weeks in office, as Congress voted against his confirmation and left office on 6 August 2020.

References[change | change source]

  1. Peru's Vizcarra shuffles cabinet as pandemic takes toll
  2. "Video". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  3. "Video". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  4. "El caso García - LIBROS PERUANOS".
  5. PERÚ, Empresa Peruana de Servicios Editoriales S. A. EDITORA. "Pedro Cateriano: conoce la hoja de vida del nuevo jefe del Gabinete Ministerial".
  6. "Pedro Cateriano es nuevo primer ministro en reemplazo de Ana Jara". 2 April 2015. Archived from the original on 5 June 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  7. Chavez, Adriana (15 July 2020). "Pedro Cateriano será el nuevo Presidente del Consejo de Ministros: "Ofrezco sudor, honestidad y conducta democrática"". RPP.