News & Analysis

Census: reading the numbers

The national statistics office (INEI) last week published some of the results from last year’s census. The numbers underline how Peru’s demographic profile is changing. The total population of the country is put at 31.3 million. However, the number actually counted in...

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World Cup fever activates calls against racism

For the first time in 36 years Peru qualified for the world’s biggest football event, and the country went wild. A reported 40,000 Peruvians made the trip to Russia, many from Peru but also from countries all over the world. They frequently travelled en famille,...

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The battle for Rainbow Mountain

The extraordinary Mountain of the Seven Colours, or Rainbow Mountain as it is known, has received copious media attention in the last two weeks. It is an important and valuable tourist site in Cuzco. In March, the regional government proposed a conservation scheme...

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Corruption money from the 1990s surfaces

Many of the millions stolen during the regime of Alberto Fujimori between 1990 and 2000 are still unaccounted for, but last week more information of their whereabouts appeared in Switzerland. US$10 million held in the name of the Fundación San Benito have now been...

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Who cuts the mustard in the Vizcarra administration?

Despite a few months of relative calm in government, tensions seem to be building between the erstwhile supporters of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and the prime minister, César Villanueva. Last week Mercedes Aráoz, the former prime minister and (still) vice-president of the...

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Teachers start new strike

Peru’s teachers initiated a new campaign of strikes last week, aimed to increase teachers’ pay and at forcing the government to retreat on its plans to reform the profession. In response, the government made a number of announcements designed to dissuade teachers from...

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Campaign for Lima mayor gets under way

Last week saw the official start of the campaign, which will conclude in October, to see who replaces Luis Castañeda Lossio as mayor of Lima. No fewer than 21 candidates lined up at the starting line. This shows, as if proof were needed, the fragmentation of politics...

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Light and shade in the coming copper boom

Peru is riding a wave of investment interest in its copper sector. The output prediction is 4.8 million tons a year by 2021, double the 2017 level. Copper projects elsewhere in the world are faltering, given rising costs and the negative impact on Chinese demand as...

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Keiko and Vizcarra: storm clouds on the horizon?

Lacking a political party to back him up in Congress, President Martin Vizcarra , who is approaching his first 100 days in office, was always going to have to seek allies. His government was never likely to be able to assert itself and establish autonomy. The...

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