News & Analysis

Remembering (or forgetting) Velasco

3 October is the 50th anniversary of the coup d’etat that brought to power the so-called ‘Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces’ in Peru, led by General Juan Velasco. 3 October 1968 was a turning point in Peruvian history: whether for good or for bad is still a...

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The canon and its impact

An increase in mining output and prices in the first half of this year means that the amount of money available to sub-national tiers of government through the canon system has increased. Regional and local governments received 3.1 billion soles from the canon minero....

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Regional, local elections approach

Next Sunday, on 7 September, Peruvians go to the polls to elect new regional presidents and the mayors of district and provincial municipalities. This should be an important event in the political life of the country. Not only should the elections provide pointers as...

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New book launched on Las Bambas

Last week’s launch of a book on Las Bambas involved a panel of leading experts on the ways in which the lack of governance surrounding mining projects contributes to confrontation and violence. The book, by Leonidas Wiener Ramos, a lawyer and specialist in...

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Lower copper prices take their toll

The falling price of minerals (principally copper) on world markets is forcing the Central Bank (BCRP) to recalculate downwards its expectations for the trade balance and for next year’s growth rate. In June, the BCRP estimated that the trade surplus this year would...

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Chavarry fights back

The chief public prosecutor, Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry, has no intention of withdrawing from the post to which he was controversially elected last month, and says that the move by Congressman Juan Shaput (of the Peruanos por el Kambio grouping) to have him removed has no...

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Call for vote of confidence energises Congress

President Martín Vizcarra’s call on 16 September for a vote of confidence (because of congressional reluctance to deal with his proposals for judicial and political reform) has brought a flurry of activity. His ultimatum, which could have resulted in the closure of...

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