Francisco Morales Bermudez


Former Peruvian military dictator Francisco Morales Bermúdez has died aged 100. The Prime Minister under Juan Velasco Alvarado, who took control of Peru via coup in 1968, Morales Bermúdez attained power after overthrowing his ailing boss via another coup. His reign was credited with realising that, in light of economic challenges, eternal military rule was not feasible and allowing Peru to return to democracy in 1980. He was less credited for his involvement in the US-backed Operation Condor, a clandestine mission between South American dictatorships to persecute and assassinate one another’s dissidents. In 2017, an Italian court sentenced him to life in prison in absentia for his involvement. Though it is true that his role in Operation Condor was more marginal than Pinochet and co, if “killed fewer people than Pinochet” is your legacy…

Morales Bermúdez was picked by 6 teams, with joker points for two world leader gatherings and a bountiful month continuing for Complications from a fall. But the real winner is Jimmy Carter, who like some sort of legume-infused Energizer Bunny becomes the third oldest living state leader.

Francisco Morales Bermúdez
4 October 1921 – 14 July 2022, aged 100
6 TEAMS (💀💀💀💀 4 POINTS, 🃏 (x2) 8 POINTS)