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Weekly Report - 05 April 2018 (WR-18-13)

PERU: Can Vizcarra’s cabinet square the circle?

On paper, Peru’s newly appointed president, Martín Vizcarra, faces an unenviable task. Corruption allegations are endemic (they forced the resignation of his predecessor Pedro Pablo Kuczynski); the country’s political parties are tainted, and at each other’s throats; voters are dissatisfied; and with a minority representation in congress there must be doubts over what the new president can achieve before the next presidential election falls due in 2021. But in the short term, Vizcarra is not doing too badly: the appointment of his first ministerial team has been a relative success.

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