Vizcarra’s Ouster in Peru Shows How Difficult It Is to Root Out Corruption

Vizcarra’s Ouster in Peru Shows How Difficult It Is to Root Out Corruption
Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra speaks in front of the presidential palace after lawmakers voted to remove him from office, in Lima, Peru, Nov. 9, 2020 (AP photo by Martin Mejia).

Peruvian legislators stunned the country Monday night when they unexpectedly voted to remove President Martin Vizcarra from office, using a questionable interpretation of the constitution. The move not only underscores Peru’s chronic political instability, it also exemplifies the ferocious pushback faced by political figures who try to untie the knots of corruption that keep many countries, not only in Latin America, from dealing effectively with their problems. Vizcarra lost power because he sought to craft fundamental reforms to Peru’s political and judicial system, which posed a threat to the establishment. Legislators in the unicameral Congress voted overwhelming to declare Vizcarra […]

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