Fujimorista to head tax office

18 September 2016

A row has broken out over the Kuczynski government’s decision to appoint a close collaborator of disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori as head of SUNAT, the tax agency. Marisa Glave, congresswoman for the Frente Amplio, has called for someone of a “neutral” political stance to head SUNAT. Víctor Shiguiyama Kobashigawa was elected in 1995 as a Cambio 90-Nuevo Mayoría member of Lima City Council. In the 2011 presidential election, he formed part of Keiko Fujimori’s team in developing her proposals for government.

Shiguiyama’s appointment appears to form part of the Kuczynski government’s emollient strategy towards Fuerza Popular in return for FP’s support for granting the executive special legislative powers. FP had previously registered its opposition to the government’s proposals to reduce VAT by a percentage point to 17%. Putting one of their number in charge of the tax authority may prove to have been part of the negotiation to ease passage of delegated legislative powers.

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