Peru’s right-wing opposition party, Popular Force, was decimated in special legislative elections on Jan. 26, falling from 73 seats in Congress to a projected 15. But the splintered nature of the new Congress means President Martin Vizcarra may still face challenges in passing his anti-corruption reforms.
Voters in Peru will go to the polls to elect a new Congress this Sunday, after President Martin Vizcarra dissolved the previous one last October. For this week’s interview on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman discusses the outlook for this weekend’s elections with Peru expert Cynthia McClintock.
There is no shortage of high-stakes, bitter political battles across the globe today. Few, though, can compete with the drama unfolding now in Peru, where a standoff between the president and the opposition-controlled Congress has suddenly erupted into an unprecedented constitutional crisis.