Government of Peru

The Republic of Peru is a unitary state and a presidential representative democratic republic with a multi-party system. The current government was established by the 1993 Constitution of Peru. The government is composed of three branches, being executive, judicial, and legislative branches.

Republic of Peru
Spanish: Gobierno de la República de Perú
Legislative branch
LegislatureCongress of the Republic of Peru
Executive branch
LeaderPresident of Peru[note 1]
AppointerPresident of Peru
Main organCouncil of Ministers
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Executive branchEdit

Main office holders
Office Name Party Since
President Martín Vizcarra Independent 23 March 2018
First Vice President Vacant N/A 23 March 2018
Second Vice President Vacant N/A 7 May 2020
Prime Minister Walter Martos Independent 6 August 2020

The head of state is the President of Peru, who is elected to a term of five years; incumbents cannot be re-elected for a second consecutive term.[1] Family members may also not immediately succeed in another family member's presidency.[2] The current president is Martín Vizcarra. He was sworn into office as President on March 23, 2018, following the resignation of President Kuczynski.[3] The executive branch, in addition to the legislative branch, may propose legislation. After legislation has been passed by the congress, the President may promulgate the legislation, giving it the force of law.
In addition to the president, the executive branch contains the Council of Ministers, which, in addition to the Prime Minister, are appointed by the president.

Requirements to be Minister of StateEdit

According to Article 125 of the Political Constitution of Peru (1993), in order to be Minister, it is required:

  • Being born in Peru.
  • Be a current citizen.
  • Be 25 years old or older.
  • Members of the Armed Forces and National Police can be Ministers.

Article 92 states that members of Congress can be Ministers of State.


  1. Run the process of strategic planning, embedded in the National System of Strategic Planning and determining the sector's functional national goals applicable to every level of government; approve action plans; assign necessary resources to their execution, within the boundaries of the corresponding public budget.
  2. Approve the budget proposal to the entities within their sector, abiding by article 32 and supervising their execution.
  3. Stablish the management measurements of the entities within their sector and evaluate their fulfillment.
  4. Propose the inner organization of their Ministry and approve it according to their competencies attributed by Law.
  5. Designate and remove the advising positions or any directly appointed, the heads of public entities and other entities of the sector, when this appointment is not explicitly attributed to the Council of Ministries, other authorities or the President; and submit to the President the new appointees for approval on the contrary.
  6. Maintain relations with the regional and local government within the competencies attributed to the sector.
  7. Countersign the presidential mandates that concern to their Ministry
  8. Issue Supreme Resolution and Ministerial Resolutions.
  9. Put into effect the transfer of competencies, functions, and sectorial resources to Regional and Local Government and account for their execution.
  10. Execute all other functions that are put upon the Ministry by the Political Constitution of Peru, the Law, and the President.mlg

The Ministers of State can delegate, within their Ministry, the faculties and powers that are not exclusive to their function, to the extent that it is allowed by Law. Functions 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8 are exclusive to the Minister.

Ministries in PeruEdit

Ministry Minister in charge
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mario López Chávarri
Ministry of Defense Jorge Luis Chávez
Ministry of Economy and Finance María Antonieta Alva
Ministry of the Interior Jorge Montoya
Ministry of Justice and Human Rights Ana Cristina Neyra
Ministry of Education Martín Benavides
Ministry of Health Pilar Mazzetti
Ministry of Agriculture Jorge Luis Montenegro
Ministry of Labor and Employment Javier Palacios
Ministry of Production José Antonio Salardi
Ministry of Foreign Commerce and Tourism Rocío Barrios
Ministry of Energy and Mining Luis Miguel Incháustegui
Ministry of Transport and Communications Carlos Estremadoyro
Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation Carlos Lozada Contreras
Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations Rosario Sasieta
Ministry of Environment Kirla Echegaray
Ministry of Culture Alejandro Neyra
Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion Patricia Donayre

Judicial branchEdit

The judicial branch is represented by the Supreme Court Of Justice, a 16-member body divided into three supreme sectors:[4]

Legislative branchEdit

The legislative branch of Peru is vested in the Congress of the Republic of Peru, which is a 130-member unicameral house.[5] The legislators are elected for five-year terms on a proportional representation basis.The legislation is voted on in Congress, then sent to the president, who may approve it.


Universal suffrage is granted to all over the age of 18. Voting is compulsory until the age of 70. Some argue whether compulsive voting is for the best of the country and the citizens. Enforced strictly, with exceptions.[6]

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ While there is the office of prime minister, officially called "President of the Council of Ministers" (Presidente del Consejo de Ministros del Perú), the President of Peru is the actual head of government
  1. ^ Constitucion Política Del Perú 1993 (Ultima actualización / Last updated: July 2011) Titulo IV De La Estructura Del Estado; Capitulo IV Poder Ejecutivo; Articulo 112°. El mandato presidencial es de cinco años, no hay reelección inmediata. Transcurrido otro periodo constitucional, como mínimo, el ex presidente puede volver an postular, sujeto a las mismas condiciones.
  2. ^ Taj, Mitra. "Keiko Fujimori's brother says he will run for president of Peru in 2021 if she loses". Business Insider. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Martín Vizcarra sworn in as Peru's new president as embattled Kuczynski exits". The Guardian. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Judicial Branch of Peru". World Fact Book. CIA. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Legislative Branch of Peru". World Fact Book. CIA. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  6. ^ "The World Factbook". CIA World Factbook. CIA. Retrieved 19 August 2017.