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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski waves during a military parade celebrating the country’s Independence Day, Lima, Peru, July 29, 2017 (AP photo by Rodrigo Abd).

Can Peru’s Kuczynski Overcome a Hostile Congress and Recapture Public Support?

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017

LIMA, Peru—After little more than a year in office, Peru’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, faces an uphill battle to realize his agenda of ramping up economic growth in order to reduce poverty and follow through on other campaign promises. Can PPK, as he is known in Peru, deliver?

Kuczynski has faced some unexpected challenges over the past year. His administration was forced to funnel approximately $6.2 billion of federal funds into reconstruction of areas devastated by El Nino-linked floods in March, which Kuczynski says reduced economic growth this year by 2 percent. The administration is also struggling to restart major public works projects that it halted following revelations that the company executing them, Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht, bribed public officials for contracts. However, beyond his own limited political skills and diminishing public support, the greatest obstacles hindering Kuczynski’s presidency may be the opposition-led Congress. ...

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