Good times - but there have been bad times too - for Ollanta Humala (photo:dpa)

Peru mining dispute is setback for President Humala

President Ollanta Humala of Peru, elected last June, has followed many of his predecessors by breaking election campaign promises. Despite this his country has been thriving, but corruption and drug trafficking continue and a serious environmental dispute over a gold and copper mine, the most important in Peru's history, is threatening massive financial losses and future investment in the country.

PERU has very weak government institutions - basically, there is no strong ruling political party.

‘Caudillos’, political-military leaders, have traditionally played a key role in defining the course of events.

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