News & Analysis

Vizcarra takes his referendum proposals to Congress

President Vizcarra, with the proposals for referendums under his arm, walked from the Palace to Congress on 9 August personally to hand these on to the legislature. He asked the president of Congress, Fujimorista Daniel Salaverry, to debate them expeditiously so as to...

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Municipal mafia jailed

News last week that the mayor of the La Victoria district of Lima, Elías Cuba, was the head of an organised criminal band came as no surprise to those who had seen the way he and his friends had used the municipality to enrich themselves. But the level of corruption...

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Las Bambas communities demand proper land-use planning

Looking forward to the October provincial elections, a conference was held in Cotabambas (Apurímac) on 21 July entitled 'Elections, the Challenges of Sustainable and Integrated Development, and the Struggle against Corruption'. It was organised by the provincial...

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Root and branch judicial reform urged by top academic

Eduardo Dargent from Lima’s Catholic University (PUCP) is someone who has long studied the Peruvian judiciary. His opinion piece, published in La República on 4 August, is worth reading. In it, he traces the nature of judicial corruption back to the 1980s and how it...

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Corruption scandals deepen

The scandal that has engulfed Peruvian politics continued to deepen last week as audios of conversations surfaced involving prominent Fujiimorista Congressman Héctor Becerril. When the offices of Fuerza Popular (FP) were intervened by Public Prosecutor José Domingo...

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Vizcarra throws down the gauntlet

It is perhaps a sign of the times that President Martín Vizcarra, in his speech to Congress on 28 July, decided to appeal to the people, over the head of Congress, for approval of a programme of political and judicial reforms. He announced the calling of referendums...

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Slow progress on conservation

The regional government of Cusco and ACCA, the Asociación de Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica, initiated a plan for a regional conservation area known as Ausangate in 2008. But only in August of this year will it be presented to the National Government for approval...

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Serious Concerns at the Rio Blanco mine

The huge copper deposit known as Henry's Hill, close to the border between Peru and Ecuador, is continuing to be a focus of conflict and concern. In 2007 a referendum produced an eloquent result: 97% of the voters against the continuation of the development of the...

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