News & Analysis

García shifts his ground

With twelve months to go before next year’s first round of presidential elections, it seems that twice former president Alan García is seeking to distance himself and APRA from the pro-Fujimorista bloc in Congress. On April 14, following a chat with the new prime...

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Sluggish economy

Despite the effusive optimism that exudes from the office of Alonso Segura, the Minister of Economy and Finance, there are few signs of the promised pick-up in growth. Figures for February show the rhythm of growth was 0.9%, lower than January's 1.7%, and that the...

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The battle over Tia Maria

The struggle for and against Tía María, the giant copper mining project in Arequipa region, reached a new level of bellicosity last week, with the government struggling to find a way to reach some sort of negotiated compromise. As readers of the PSG Update will...

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Castaneda’s first 100 days

The return of former Mayor of Lima Luis Castañeda Lossio in January has not been as easy as he had expected. Elected without presenting any plans for his proposed government he was chosen simply on the premise that he was not Susana Villarán. As journalist Rosa María...

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Renewed protests in Espinar

Dozens of campesinos from the province of Espinar in Cuzco came out on to the streets on 27 March in protest. They were demanding that the government stop dragging its heels in implementing the agreements achieved in a round table negotiation especially with regard to...

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Petroperú sidelined

The abrupt dismissal last week of the president of Petroperú, appears to put an end to a long-running argument as to whether the state oil company should actually be involved in producing crude. Its role now seems destined to be no more than a refiner of largely...

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