Category: Politics

Virus update

On 26 March, President Martín Vizcarra extended the lockdown in Peru, first announced on 15 March, until 12 April, Easter Sunday. Under these rules a night-time curfew is enforced, and one member of each family is allowed out to...

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New Congress sworn in

The new Congress, elected on 26 January, was sworn in on 28 February. The party breakdown in the single chamber 130 member legislature is as follows: Acción Popular 25 seats, Alianza para el Progreso 22 seats, Fuerza Popular 15...

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Gang of Four move centre stage

Four political parties last week signed what they called a ‘governability accord’. They include Acción Popular, Alianza para el Progreso, Somos Perú and Podemos Perú. At the last minute the Partido Morado dropped out of the...

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Four more out, four more in

On 13 January, President Martín Vizcarra swore in four new ministers. They are Fernando Castañeda (Justice), Susana Vilca (Energy and Mines), Carlos Lozada (Transport and Communications) and Martin Benavides (Education). They...

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Coalition takes shape in congress

Following the 26 January congressional elections, discussions have been taking place last week between the executive and members of Congress to conform a group of parties that will support the government’s agenda for political...

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It was perhaps not the most notable result of the congressional elections on 26 January, but historically the disappearance of APRA from a representative function is surely significant. The APRA list for Congress attracted the...

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Election produces polyglot Congress

The 26 January congressional elections will come as a relief to President MartÍn Vizcarra. Gone is the fujimorista super-majority that made it so hard to push through legislation to reform the judicial and political systems....

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Keiko Fujimori returns to jail

Following a ruling by Judge Víctor Zúñiga, Keiko Fujimori returned to the women’s jail in Chorillos on 29 January to serve a maximum 15-month incarceration while further investigations take place into the accusations of...

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