In Peru, the pace of progress slows

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski survived an impeachment vote, but still faces staunch political opposition. An improving economy may help (source: dpa)
  • Political turmoil has hamstrung the government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
  • He has made a risky move by pardoning a controversial former president
  • The fate of his government is tied to the prices of the commodities Peru exports

In 2017, Peru’s economy and political system were subjected to disruptions both natural and man-made: severe flooding crippled the country and caused widespread damage throughout the spring, while the continent-wide Odebrecht bribery scandal has led to criminal charges against a stunning proportion of Peru’s political elite, including three former presidents. Meanwhile, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s 15-month old government has been repeatedly hamstrung by an unsupportive congress.

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