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Peruvian President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski at the end of a news conference, Lima, June 9, 2016 (AP photo by Silvia Izquierdo).

After Narrow Win in Peru, Kuczynski Must Still Contend With Fujimori

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

LIMA, Peru—After trailing Keiko Fujimori in the polls for weeks, former World Bank economist and investment banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski enjoyed a surge of support just before Peru’s run-off election on June 5 to win one of the most contested presidential races in the country’s history.

Kuczynski is widely regarded as capable and honest, but he faces major challenges as he attempts to strengthen the economy and improve life for Peruvians. The country’s cities and northern regions suffer high crime rates; its vast jungle regions are dominated by drug traffickers; and corruption is rampant in the national police and courts. Economic growth is slowing, and the national education and health care systems have critical deficiencies. But the greatest obstacle Kuczynski faces may be the fact that Fujimori’s party holds a majority of seats in Peru’s Congress. ...

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