News & Analysis

Vizcarra survives impeachment ploy

On 18 September, President Martín Vizcarra survived, by a substantial margin, the attempt to impeach him. Members of Congress voted 32 in favour, 78 against, and with 15 abstentions, to enable the president to continue in office. The scale of the defeat for those...

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Economy shrinks nearly 12% in July

Figures released by the National Statistics Institute (INEI) on 16 September show that Peru’s GDP was 11.7% lower in July than the same month a year earlier. Bit by bit, output data reveal a slow recovery from the 40% decline, year-on-year, for April. Probably the...

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Gas supplies to southern Peru: a pending agenda

Naturgy Perú this month announced that it was ending its concession contract to distribute gas to households in the regions of Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. It blames the government for lack of tariff competitiveness, inadequate regulation, and the absence of natural...

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Mineworkers raise concerns over Cofid controls

The national mineworkers’ union, the Federación Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalúrgicos y Siderúrgicos del Perú (FNTMMSP), together with the NGO Cooperacción, have raised complaints about the way in which mining production has resumed without sufficient...

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Congress and executive at war over pensions, again

Trench warfare between the government and the legislature over the future of Peru’s pension system persisted over the last week, with the executive producing proposals which it hopes will give rise to a compromise solution. The Congress will respond over the next few...

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Vizcarra tells congressional commission to ‘swing’

As a post-script to the row about pensions, and further heightening tensions with Congress, President Martín Vizcarra, on 4 September, refused an ‘invitation’ to go before Congress to answer questions relating to the case of Richard Swing. ‘Swing’, aka Ricardo...

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Racism rears its ugly head

Racist sentiments are never far from the surface in Peru, but last week saw them projected into the headlines. Prominent fujimorista and congresswoman, Martha Chávez, remarked that former prime minister Vicente Zeballos, recently appointed Peru’s ambassador to the...

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