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List of Presidents of Peru

Established in the Constitution of 1993, the President of Peru, officially the President of the Republic (Presidente de la Republica), is the chief of state of Peru and represents the republic in official international matters. The presidential term is five years. Also, Peru does not allow an incumbent President to succeed himself, so the incumbent President is barred from running in the election. (A former president may run again in subsequent presidential elections). The current president of Peru is Alan Garcia, elected in 2006.

During its more than 180 years of independence, Peru has been ruled by the military leaders who fought for independence, the leaders of the War of the Pacific, representatives of the aristocracy, and democratically-elected leaders. Also, the history of the presidency has involved civil wars, coups and violence. More than once, several individuals claimed the right to be president at the same time.

Different titles have been used, such as "Protector of Peru" (used by Jose de San Martin), "Liberator" (used by Simon Bolivar) and "Supreme Protector" (by Andres de Santa Cruz).

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