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The Resurgence of Peru's Shining Path

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

The 2008 and 2010 Latinobarometro Polls, taken in 18 countries of Latin America, underline the fact that, even though the GDP of most Latin American countries has been improving since 2001, there are deep flaws in democratic political systems throughout the region. The relative popular dissatisfaction stems from deep-rooted socioeconomic inequalities as well as distrust and lack of confidence in police forces, legislatures and political parties. There is also a growing popular consciousness of unfulfilled rights, leading to rising demands for their enjoyment.  

Peruvians are especially disgruntled. Peru's economy has grown faster than any of the other bigger countries in Latin America, yet, of all the countries polled, Peru -- along with Mexico -- demonstrates the greatest dissatisfaction with its government. Less than 30 percent of Peruvians are satisfied with the way democracy works in their country. As a consequence, more than 70 percent of the population agreed with the statement that "[Peru] is in serious shape."   ...

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