Former Peru president Alan Garcia died in hospital on Wednesday (April 17) after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation, a party official said. He was 69.
“Alan Garcia has died, long live Apra,” said Omar Quesada, the general secretary of Garcia´s American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (Apra) party. Peru´s current President Martin Vizcarra expressed his sympathy on his Twitter account. “Dismayed by the death of ex-president Alan Garcia. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones,” Vizcarra wrote in a tweet.
Garcia was president on two occasions, from 1985-90 and 2006-11.