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Daniel Urresti
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Urresti as Interior Minister in 2014
Member of the Congress
Assumed office
March 16, 2020 (2020-03-16)
Constituency Lima
Minister of the Interior
In office
June 23, 2014 (2014-06-23) – February 17, 2015 (2015-02-17)
President Ollanta Humala
Prime Minister René Cornejo
Ana Jara
Preceded by Walter Albán
Succeeded by José Luis Pérez Guadalupe
Personal details
Born 25 August 1956 (1956-08-25) (age 65)
Huancabamba, Huancabamba, Piura, Peru
Nationality  Peruvian
Political party Podemos Perú (2018-present)
Other political
affiliations
Peruvian Nationalist Party (2016-2017)
Alma mater Chorrillos Military School (BMS)
Federico Villarreal National University (MS)
Occupation Politician
Profession Army general
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  Peru
Branch/service  Peru Army
Years of service 1979–2011
Rank Brigadier general
Battles/wars Internal conflict in Peru

Daniel Belizario Urresti Elera (born 25 August 1956) is a Peruvian retired army general and politician who served as Minister of the Interior in the administration of President Ollanta Humala from 2014 to 2015. He is currently serving as Congressman representing Lima since 16 March 2020.

Born in northern region of Piura, Urresti enrolled in the Chorrillos Military School, specializing in psychological operations and defense mechanisms. After graduating with a master's degree in electronic engineering from the Federico Villarreal National University, Urresti labored in the telecommunications branch of the Peruvian Army, specializing in telematics.

During the presidency of Ollanta Humala, Urresti served as counselor to the office of the Prime Minister of Peru, and was subsequently appointed as Minister of the Interior in June 2014. During his tenure, Urresti engaged in effective homeland security measures with a very active style and constant demand for media presence, which made him the administration's main political operative and the minister with the highest approval ratings. Facing controversy regarding his media appearances and verbal insults against other politicians, he resigned in February 2015. Although he remained popular following his resignation, Urresti was confronted with murder charges against a journalist while he served in the Peruvian Army. The Third National Criminal Prosecutor's Office acquitted him of all charges and was freed in October 2018, after 9-year long trial.

In the 2016 general election, Urresti was nominated for the Presidency by the governing Peruvian Nationalist Party, but his ticket and congressional lists were ultimately withdrawn prior to the election due to low support garnered in the national polls. Two years later, Urresti was selected to run for Mayor of Lima under the Podemos Perú (PP), in which he placed second, losing to Jorge Muñoz of the Popular Action. Based on his performance at municipal level, PP selected Urresti to lead the congressional list for the Lima constituency at the 2020 snap parliamentary election. Urresti was elected to the Peruvian Congress with over half a million votes, attaining the election's highest parliamentary majority.

Urresti remains a controversial figure in contemporary Peruvian politics. He is currently running for President of Peru at the 2021 general election with Podemos Perú. Though momentarily disqualified on 4 February 2021, he was reinstated in the race by the National Jury of Elections on 18 February.

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