Thousands marched in protest against the mining project in Cajamarca, Peru (photo:dpa)

A tough first year for Peru’s President Humala

President Ollanta Humala was elected President of Peru on a wave of popular support, mainly from the country’s poor in 2011. But Mr Humala has moved his political agenda to the right, closely resembling that of previous administrations. The result is that his popularity has fallen in the last 12 months among his erstwhile supporters. But the country remains among the best performing economies in Latin America and that trend looks set to continue.

OLLANTA Humala's election campaign for President of Peru was largely based on his appeal to the country’s poor, who believed his promises of a bigger slice in the country's booming economy.

But his poll ratings have fallen in th...

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