Vizcarra’s Anti-Corruption Push Is Good for His Popularity, but Is It Good for Peru?

Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra attends a ceremony marking the army’s anniversary in Lima, Peru, Sept. 21, 2018 (AP photo by Martin Mejia).
Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra attends a ceremony marking the army’s anniversary in Lima, Peru, Sept. 21, 2018 (AP photo by Martin Mejia).
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Casual observers of Peruvian politics can be forgiven for not being able to keep up with recent events there. Opposition leader Keiko Fujimori was released from jail on Wednesday, just a week after her provisional detention on suspicion of money-laundering. Meanwhile, earlier this month, President Martin Vizcarra strong-armed Peru’s Congress—where Fujimori’s conservative Popular Force party has a majority—into approving a referendum on his signature package of political and judicial reforms. Vizcarra has a good chance of winning that vote, which is set for Dec. 9, but not everyone is convinced that it’s the best prescription for the long-term health of […]

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