Yehude Simon

Yehude Simon

Prime Minister of Peru
Date of Birth: 18.07.1947
Country: Peru

Biography of Yehude Simon

Yehude Simon Munaro is a veterinarian, sociologist, and Peruvian politician. He was born on July 18, 1947, in Lima, Peru. His family later moved to Chiclayo, where they owned a small shoe store. After completing his studies at the Manuelo Pardo College, he enrolled in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the National University of Pedro Ruiz Gallo, where he later became a professor.

Yehude Simon

Yehude Simon started his political career in the 1980s. In 1983, he was elected as the mayor of Chiclayo for two terms, representing the Union of Leftist Parties of Peru, which was founded in 1980. In 1985, the Union of Leftist Parties elected Simon as a deputy for the Lambayeque district, a position he held until 1990. During this time, he also worked in the Human Rights Commission and the Judiciary Commission of Congress.

In 1991, he founded the "Free Homeland Movement," which was later accused of having links to the terrorist group MRTA. On April 5, 1992, while attending a European conference, Simon learned of the coup d'état carried out by Alberto Fujimori. He returned to Peru to participate in the fight for Congress.

On June 11, 1992, he was arrested along with other leaders of the "Free Homeland." He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for alleged support of terrorist groups. After eight and a half years, he was granted amnesty.

At the beginning of the 21st century, Simon returned to political activity. In November 2000, he was released by the decree of the Minister of Justice of the then interim government.

In 2002, Yehude Simon assumed a position in the regional government of the Lambayeque district, winning the election as a candidate from the Peruvian Aprista Party, the most popular party in northern Peru. As the governor of Lambayeque, he focused on social policies, particularly those related to the rural sector.

In the 2006 governor elections, which took place on the third Sunday of November, Yehude Simon was reelected for a second term, defeating the opposition candidate.

On October 11, 2008, President Alan Garcia Perez appointed Yehude Simon as the Prime Minister of Peru, replacing Jorge del Castillo.