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Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra walks to the Legislative Palace, the seat of Peru’s Congress, in Lima, to hand-deliver proposed legislation on political reform, on Aug. 9, 2018 (Photo by Anthony Nino De Guzman for GDA via AP Images).

Can President Martin Vizcarra Put an End to Rampant Corruption in Peru?

Monday, Sept. 10, 2018

The resignation last spring of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who faced impeachment on charges of corruption, brought to power an unlikely figure: Martin Vizcarra, a former governor of the remote region of Moquegua in southern Peru. Vizcarra had been serving concurrently as vice president and ambassador to Canada when he was called back to assume the nation’s highest office. His attempts to tackle systemic corruption in Peru, including calling for a national referendum on several key reforms, have led to a standoff with the country’s Congress, which is controlled by the opposition Popular Force party. In an email interview, Julio Carrion, a Peruvian political scientist and professor at the University of Delaware, discusses whether the anti-graft push will succeed.

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