Articles

  • Amazon synod: new thinking

    10 November 2019

    Two weeks ago, the Catholic Church’s Amazon Synod ended with a report summarising its discussions. This is the first time that the Church has brought together the bishops from the Amazon region, religious and lay advisors, specialists and indigenous peoples for a focused analysis and discussion of the region and the Church’s role within it. The report seems to reflect a rethinking of the historical and traditional practices of the Church and of its relationship with the region, especially its indigenous peoples and natural environment.

  • To re-elect or not to re-elect…

    10 November 2019

    Whether or not a member of the dissolved Congress can legally run as a candidate for the new Congress in January is a matter of heated debate. A number of former congressmen, beginning with APRA’s Mauricio Mulder, have put their names forward as candidates, as have prominent former fujimoristas (see next article). The Jurado Nacional de Elecciones (JNE) will decide this week if this is legal.

  • Fujimoristas jump ship

    10 November 2019

    A growing number of prominent members of Fuerza Popular (FP), the fujimorista party, are cutting their ties, aware that the brand has become toxic. Three have announced their intention to stand again in the 26 January election under the banner of Solidaridad Nacional.

  • Tia Maria: green light or amber?

    2 November 2019

    Disagreements continue over Tía María, the large projected copper mine in Arequipa. With the Consejo de Minería last week appearing to give the green light to the constructors permits for Tía María, ministers are insisting that the project will not go ahead until there is an agreement with local people and the environmental impact statements (EIAs)have been reviewed.

  • Government outlines programme for 2020 and 2021

    2 November 2019

    President Martín Vizcarra and Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos on 30 October presented the government’s policy priorities between now and the end of Vizcarra’s term in July 2021. Apart from holding transparent elections, the main thrust of official activity will be in the social sphere.

  • Nuevo Peru allies with Juntos por el Peru

    2 November 2019

    Last week we reported on splits within Nuevo Perú over its leadership’s choice of alliances with either Perú Libre (led by Vladirmir Cerrón) and/or Juntos por el Perú (led by Yehudi Simon). On 1 November, the alliance with Juntos por el Perú was formally announced.

  • Split within Nuevo Peru over alliance strategy

    26 October 2019

    Five of the ten former members of Congress for Nuevo Perú have abandoned the grouping over its intended alliance with Perú Libre (led by Vladimir Cerrón) and Juntos por el Perú (led by Yehude Simon). The resignations come at a critical time as the left prepares the ground for legislative elections next January.

  • Organisations slam Culture Ministry over plans to define indigenous policy

    26 October 2019

    ONAMIAP (the organization representing indigenous women of the Amazon and Andes) and the CNA (representing highland peasant communities) have made trenchant criticisms of the initial procedures promoted by the Culture Ministry for consultation in elaborating a national policy for indigenous peoples.

  • Olaechea appointee rejected by Constitutional Tribunal

    20 October 2019

    The Constitutional Tribunal made a hugely significant decision on 17 October by refusing to acknowledge Gonzalo Ortiz de Zevallos as a member. Ortiz de Zevallos’ name had been put forward by the former president of Congress, Pedro Olaechea, to replace Eloy Espinosa-Saldaña as a member of the seven-member tribunal.

  • Electoral activity: who will pay?

    20 October 2019

    With legislative elections now due on 26 January and general elections a little more than a year later (with the likelihood of a second round), the question arises as to how candidates and parties will finance their political activities.

  • PSG Aims

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  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

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