News & Analysis

Bill to reform the canon before Congress

The 'canon' as our readers will know, is the basic channel for passing a proportion of tax and royalty revenues from central to local government in areas where natural resource extraction is taking place. The canon includes rents from hydrocarbons (chiefly natural...

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Judge Hinostroza jumps Peru, but is jailed in Spain

On 17 October it emerged that disgraced former Supreme Judge César Hinostroza had fled to Spain. Rumours had been circulating for a couple of days that he had left Peru. It was confirmed he had left over the northern border and had taken a flight from Guayaquil to...

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Chavarry uses presence in Congress to lambast Perez

Pedro Chávarry, the chief public prosecutor who is the lynchpin of the Fujimoristas’ attempts to protect Keiko Fujimori from prosecution, was invited by the congressional defence committee, chaired by Aprista Congressman Jorge del Castillo, to use the opportunity to...

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The Bolsonaro effect

The virtual victory of Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian presidential elections on 7 October has sent shockwaves around the world, including Peru. Bolsonaro, who is sometimes seen as a sort of cross between US President Donald Trump and the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte,...

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Regional/municipal elections reaffirm party weakness

The victory of Jorge Muñoz, the Acción Popular candidate in the elections for the mayor of Lima, has been seen by some as evidence of a return to support for Peru’s traditional parties. Such a judgement seems, at the very least, premature. His victory gainsaid the...

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Peru sixth in multi-dimensional poverty ranking

Despite an estimated growth rate this year of around 4%, Peru lags in the ranking of countries in Latin America that suffer from multidimensional poverty. It comes after Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and Bolivia according to figures released by the United...

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Keiko detained

On 10 October, Keiko Fujimori went to the prosecutor’s office to give evidence in the case now known as the ‘cocktail parties’, supposed fund-raising events for the 2011 elections. She had failed to show up on three previous occasions, and this time she was surprised...

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‘Gagging Law’ declared unconstitutional

By a margin of six to one, the Constitutional Tribunal last week declared the so-called ‘Gagging Law’ (La Ley Mordaza) unconstitutional. The legislation, approved by FP and APRA earlier in the year, sought to restrict the ability of state institutions to place...

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Congress roiled

No sooner than Keiko Fujimori’s detention was announced, the Fujimorista-dominated Congress voted to halt constitutional accusations directed against Congressman Héctor Becerril and Chief Public Prosecutor Chávarry. The following day, the Fujimoristas in Congress...

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