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Armando Villanueva Del Campo is a historical leader of the Peruvian American Popular Revolutionary Alliance, better known as APRA. Born in Lima, his parents were Pedro Villanueva Urquijo, a gynecologist in the city, and Carmen Rosa Portal del Campo. His only legitimate sibling was his older brother Ing. Pedro Villanueva del Campo Portal. Pedro was never involved in politics.
At the age of 15 Villanueva became a member of APRA's Juventud Aprista in opposition to the military dictatorship of Luis Miguel Sanchez Cerro. At the age of 18 he was imprisoned in El Fronton prison for his subversive activities in Peru. He was a political ally and personal friend of Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, the founder and most prominent leader of the APRA party.
Villanueva spent most of his early life in different prisons for his political activities. In 1940, along with other APRA political activists, Villanueva was exiled to Chile. Between the 1940s and 1960s Villanueva would spend his time in between Peruvian prisons and deportations to Chile and Argentina. While living in Santiago he met and married Lucia Ortega. They had a daughter: Lucia del Pilar Villanueva Ortega.
American Popular Revolutionary Alliance
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