Jorge Del Castillo

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Jorge del Castillo
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Political Secretary General of the Peruvian Aprista Party
In office
16 March 2010 – 9 July 2017
Preceded byVacant
Succeeded byBenigno Chirinos
In office
December 1999 – July 2006
Preceded byLuis Alva Castro
Succeeded byNone (Mauricio Mulder held both offices until 2010 as Institutional SG)
Member of Congress
Assumed office
26 July 2016
In office
26 July 1995 – 26 July 2011
Prime Minister of Peru
In office
28 July 2006 – 14 October 2008
PresidentAlan García
Preceded byPedro Pablo Kuczynski
Succeeded byYehude Simon
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
26 July 1990 – 5 April 1992
Mayor of Lima
In office
1 January 1987 – 31 December 1989
Preceded byAlfonso Barrantes
Succeeded byRicardo Belmont
Mayor of Barranco
In office
1 January 1984 – 31 December 1986
Preceded byNicomedes Montalván Prado
Succeeded byPedro Allemant Centeno
District Councilman of Barranco
In office
1 January 1981 – 31 December 1983
Personal details
Born (1950-07-02) 2 July 1950 (age 69)
Lima, Peru
Political partyPeruvian Aprista Party
Alma materNational University of San Marcos
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

Jorge Alfonso Alejandro del Castillo Gálvez (born July 2, 1950) is a Peruvian lawyer and politician. In his career, he has served in the now abolished Peruvian Chamber of Deputies, in the unicameral Peruvian Congress of the Republic for five terms since 1995, and as Mayor of Lima and the Barranco during the 1980s.

An adept negotiator, he is also a prominent member of the Peruvian Aprista Party, serving in two occasions as the party's Secretary-General. As right-hand man to the late former President Alan García, he served as his defense attorney during the first corruption and illicit enrichment allegations made in his first post-presidency, and finally as his first Prime Minister in his second presidential tenure.


Born in 1950 in the Limean Barranco District, Jorge Del Castillo pursued his elementary, middle and high school education at the Colegio San Luis of Barranco. Upon graduation, he enrolled in National University of San Marcos, studying law from 1968 to 1974. In 1994, he earned a Master's degree in Constitutional law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Graduate School. Also, he holds a degree in High Direction from the University of Piura.

He became a member of the Peruvian Aprista Party while being a law student at the National University of San Marcos, serving in the College Youth Wing.


Mayorships and Congress[edit]

A prominent member of the Peruvian Aprista Party, Del Castillo was elected for public office as Councilman of the District of Barranco in 1981. In 1984, he was elected Mayor of the same district. He held the position until 1985, when President Alan García appointed him Prefect (appointed department governor) of Lima. He rose to political prominence after being elected Mayor of Lima in 1987, defeating various popular candidates such as former christian democrat Mayor from the 1960s, Luis Bedoya Reyes and incumbent marxist Mayor Alfonso Barrantes Lingán. As Mayor, he did very little in the case of infrastructure and rehabilitation of roads, although he claimed that he couldn't do much because of the rise of terrorism.

In 1990, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, serving until 1992, when President Alberto Fujimori dissolved Congress. During his short term in Congress, he defended APRA leader Alan García from the accusations against him involving corruption and unjust enrichment. After his ousting as a Deputy, he helped García escape from Peru and find refuge in Colombia. With García in exile, Del Castillo became one of the most respected leaders of the Party, and was elected Secretary General in 1999.

Del Castillo returned to politics in 1995, when he was elected to Congress representing Lima. He was reelected for office in 2000, 2001, and 2006. In 2004, he was ratified as Secretary General of the Party for a second term, serving until 2006, when he resigned after being named by newly elected President Alan García as his inaugural Prime Minister.


Del Castillo was sworn in as García's Prime Minister on July 28, 2006, swearing for Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre and "APRA martyrs blood". During his premiership, he gave political and economic stability to the country, generating confidence with Congress, making agreements with various unions and successfully managing social conflicts within the country.

Petroaudios and resignations[edit]

After the "Petroaudios" scandal revealed Del Castillo's involvement, he tendered his resignation with the whole cabinet on October 10, 2008, to President Alan García, marking his political downfall.[1]


He served in Congress until 2011, after failing to achieve a fifth consecutive reelection. He served as Political Secretary General between 2010 and 2017, concurrently with the Institutional Secretary General, former Ayacucho Governor Omar Quesada.

In the 2016 Peruvian general election, Del Castillo was reelected for a fifth term in Congress, returning after 5 years of absence. By law, he cannot run again for reelection since the approval of the third clause of the 2018 Peruvian constitutional referendum, which states the prohibition of immediate reelection for congressman.



  • District Councilman of Barranco (1981-1983)
  • Mayor of the District of Barranco (1984-1986)
  • Prefect of the Department of Lima (1985-1986)
  • Metropolitan Mayor of Lima (1987-1989)
  • Chairman of Association of Municipalities of Peru (1987-1989)
  • Member of the Chamber of Deputies (1990-1992)
  • Member of Congress (1995-2000) (2000-2001) (2001-2006) (2006-2011)
  • Second Vice President of Congress (2001-2002)
  • President of the Council of Ministers (2006-2008)


  • Secretary General of the District Executive Committee - Barranco (1982)
  • Chairman of the National Political Commission (1993-1995)
  • Secretary General of the National Executive Committee (1999-2004) (2004-2006)
  • Candidate for the First Vice Presidency of the Republic of Peru (2000)
  • Candidate for the Second Vice Presidency of the Republic of Peru (2001)
  • Political Secretary General of the National Executive Committee (2010-)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Prime Minister of Peru
2006 – 2008
Succeeded by
Yehude Simon