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Peruvian President Pedro Castillo reviews the honor guard at a military parade. Peruvian President Pedro Castillo reviews the honor guard as he arrives for a military parade in Lima, Peru, July 30, 2021 (AP photo by Guadalupe Pardo).

Peru’s Castillo Finds Himself ‘Between the Sword and the Wall’

Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021

One week after taking office, having won election by the thinnest margin imaginable, Peruvian President Pedro Castillo finds himself “between the sword and the wall,” to use the Spanish expression, as a result of the country’s complex political realities, made worse by his early stumbles. Peruvians are watching anxiously, uncertain about what direction he will try to take the country and how far he will get in his efforts.

Castillo assumed the presidency last Thursday, in a day so filled with controversy that it seemed a continuation of the turbulent events that brought him to the top job. Obviously, it is extremely early in his term, but the signs so far are not reassuring to anyone on any side of the political spectrum. ...

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