News & Analysis

Veronika outlines ‘plan de gobierno’

Although far from leading the current polls, Veronika Mendoza hopes to see her campaign shift up a gear over the next month. Not only has the rival left-wing campaign of Unidad Democrática (UD) ended in shambles after its abortive primary, but the Mendoza campaign’s...

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Alberto Fujimori makes his demands known

Writing on Facebook from prison, former president Alberto Fujimori made it known that his daughter’s list of candidates for Congress should contain what he called “experienced” political figures as well as “new blood”. He went on to specify whom he meant: “candidates...

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The trade in illegal gold

As the war on small, illegal and informal gold mining continues in the Amazon jungle, it remains the case that this abusive industry will only be effectively controlled by fierce monitoring and pursuit of the large international traders, some of whom are beginning to...

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Judicial reform: the task ahead

Without exception, the presidential candidates who lined up last week to unveil their programmes at CADE underlined the need for a through-going judicial reform. They were less forthcoming about how this is to be achieved. Their concern coincides with the publication...

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Forced sterilisations take centre stage

To coincide with Human Rights Day on 10 December, several organisations of women affected by forced sterilisation during the Fujimori regime came to Lima for a two-day event designed to highlight their plight. Women from Huancabamba in the highlands of Piura, from the...

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Elections: deadline for alliances passes

The deadline for alliances between parties passed at midnight on 12 December in advance of the presidential elections next 10 April. The deadline produced a number of last-minute political deals, largely because of the need of smaller parties to avoid losing their...

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Land titling: much to be done

The task ahead in guaranteeing the integrity of communal land in Peru is daunting. Various attempts have been made over the years to award land titles to communities (whether peasant communities on the coast or in the Andes or indigenous communities in the Amazon...

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Opinion polls

The latest opinion poll, conducted by Ipsos and published by El Comercio on 13 December, puts Keiko on 33%, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on 16%, César Acuña on 13%, Alan García on 8% and Alejandro Toledo on 5%. Comparing these figures with two months ago (18 October), Keiko...

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Petroperu in the dock over Maranon oil spill

A report this September by the Organismo de Evaluación y Fiscalización Ambiental (OEFA) found Petroperú guilty of malpractice in the case of a June 2014 oil spill in Cuninico on the river Marañon in Loreto. Petroperú is held responsible for damage to the flora and...

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Aidesep at COP-21

The issue of land tiling is one of many that the Asociacion Inter-etnica de la Selva Peruana (Aidesep) has took to the COP-21 meeting in Paris this week. The organisation, which represents indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon, says that 1,240 communities are...

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García and the Canon Comunitaria

A useful blog written by Maritza Paredes of Lima’s Catholic University (PUCP) takes issue with the proposal, recently made by Alan García, to introduce a ‘canon comunitaria’ by which communities in the immediate vicinity of extractive industries would receive a share...

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CADE showcases candidates, proposals

With the leading party leaders sharing much the same basic right-of-centre ideologies, their presidential candidates were at pains to try to distinguish themselves at CADE. The event marks the real beginning of presidential campaigning (see recent PSG article). The...

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