Peru’s Castillo Is His Own Worst Enemy

Peru's newly sworn-in president, Pedro Castillo, acknowledges the Peruvian flag held by soldiers outside Congress on his inauguration day in Lima, Peru, July 28, 2021 (AP photo by Francisco Rodriguez).
Peru's newly sworn-in president, Pedro Castillo, acknowledges the Peruvian flag held by soldiers outside Congress on his inauguration day in Lima, Peru, July 28, 2021 (AP photo by Francisco Rodriguez).
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When leftist schoolteacher Pedro Castillo became president of Peru in July, having won the election by a hair’s breadth the previous month, it didn’t require uncommon insight to predict that, sooner or later, the right wing would seek to impeach him and remove him from office. After all, Peru has gone through a jaw-dropping succession of unfinished presidencies, impeachments and presidential prosecutions in the past 20 years. What was less expected was that he would hand the opposition so much ammunition in its efforts to oust him. It took less than four months in office for Castillo to face his first […]

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