Zenón Noriega Agüero

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Zenón Noriega
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Interim President of the Government Junta of Peru
In office
June 1, 1950 – July 28, 1950
Preceded byManuel A. Odría (President of the Government Junta)
Succeeded byManuel A. Odría (Constitutional President)
In office
29 October 1948 – 1 November 1948
Preceded byManuel A. Odría (President of the Government Junta)
Succeeded byManuel A. Odría (President of the Government Junta)
Personal details
Born(1900-07-12)July 12, 1900
Cajamarca, Peru Peru
Died(1957-05-07)May 7, 1957 (aged 56)
Lima, Peru Peru

Zenón Noriega Agüero (July 12, 1900 – May 7, 1957) was a Peruvian army general who briefly served as the Interim President of Peru through a military junta for two months in 1950.


Noriega was born in Cajamarca in 1900 as the son of Wenceslao Noriega and María del Carmen Agüero. He served as Manuel A. Odría's deputy since Odría took power in a military coup in 1948. On June 1, 1950, Odría formally stepped down as president in order to pursue his candidacy in a presidential election in which he would be the only candidate. Noriega became president of the Junta until July 28, when Odría resumed power. Political historians concede that Noriega did not rule on his own, but followed Odría's commands. He was immediately appointed Prime Minister by Odría, and served in that position until August 1954.

Already enshrined as constitutional president Odría after a questionable election, Noriega continued to serve as Minister of War and President of the Council of Ministers. He was promoted to Major General in 1953. Shortly after he was accused of organizing a plot to depose Odría, he was sent into exile aboard one of the navy ships (August 1954). It was said the conspiracy involved important people, being a symptom of the degree of decomposition in the Odriist regime.

Noriega went to Argentina, where he was received by President Juan Domingo Perón. Two years later he returned to Peru and retired to private life. He died in 1957.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Manuel A. Odría
Interim President of Peru
Succeeded by
Manuel A. Odría
Preceded by
Armando Revoredo Iglesias
Prime Minister of Peru
1950 – 1954
Succeeded by
Roque Augusto Saldías Maninat