November 18, 2020
After a week of intense protests that forced the recent president of Peru to resign, this Monday, legislator Francisco Sagasti was elected by the Congress of the Republic as the new president of the Congress of the South American country.
The politician arrived in Congress on January 26, in which he obtained 96,422 preferential votes in the extraordinary parliamentary elections held after the congress was dissolved by Martín Vizcarra.
The position that he will hold from today is provisional, since circumstances led him to assume the presidency after the resignation of Manuel Merino, who had assumed the first magistracy after the dismissal of Martín Vizcarra, on November 9.
Sagasti is a member of the Purple Party, founded in 2017, on the center-left line.
A week ago, the now interim president voted against the removal of Vizcarra, indicating that the ex-president’s vacancy was “a wrong decision” that was “going to seriously affect the public.”
Francisco Rafael Sagasti Hochhausler, 76, is an industrial engineer, graduated in 1966 from the National University of Engineering in the Peruvian capital. In addition, he has a master’s degree in the same area from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in operational research and social systems sciences from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
According to his resume, he has served as a professor at the private Universidad del Pacífico in Lima; as a project evaluator at Niras Development Consulting in Sweden; as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the Lemelson Foundation, in 2017.
Since 1993, he has been an emeritus principal investigator at the International National Forum and was a consultant at the United Nations (UN), in 2017; also, he served as Head of the Strategic Planning Division of the World Bank.
Before coming to Congress this year, Sagasti already had participation in previous governments. He began as an advisor to the Minister of Industry Alberto Jiménez de Lucio, during the revolutionary government of the Armed Forces or “Peruvian Revolution” (1968-1975).
He was vice president of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Technological, Industrial and Technical Research of Peru (ITINTEC), between 1972 and 1977.
He was also an advisor to the Vice President of the International Center for Research for Development of Canada in Bogotá, from 1978 to 1980.
Then, from 1985 to 1987, he was Advisor to the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Allan Wagner Tizón.
Between 2007 and 2009 he was president of the Board of Directors of the Science and Technology Program in the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru, and he returned to office between December 2011 and March 2013.
With enviable eloquence, after being elected the new interim president of the Board of Directors of Congress, Sagasti stated in his speech, referring to the two young people who died in the protests prior to his election, that the death of a Peruvian causes pain to the whole homeland but when that Peruvian dies unjustly and defending democracy then that pain turns into indignation.