Ollanta Humala’s chance to capitalise on Peru’s economic success

Peru's President Ollanta Humala pushed the political ambitions of his wife Nadine Heredia (photo:dpa)
Peru's President Ollanta Humala pushed the political ambitions of his wife Nadine Heredia (photo:dpa)

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala made a promise when he became president in 2011 – that he would not seek to hold on to power after his 2016 term ends. But he has been pushing the presidential ambitions of his wife and Peru’s first lady, Nadine Heredia. This was alienating support in Congress and would have reduced his effectiveness in governing. But just as this seemed almost inevitable, the first lady has turned the tables and assured the country she will not run in the 2016 election.

<i>Things have changed dramatically for Peru’s President Ollanta Humala since April 2013. Until then he seemed to be achieving high levels of approval and had almost overcome the mistrust felt by ...

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