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Weekly Report - 21 February 2019 (WR-19-07)

PERU: Vizcarra slips as Odebrecht deal sealed

President Martín Vizcarra has seen his approval rating decline by five percentage points in one month. This was headline-grabbing news in Peru because Vizcarra’s popularity has spiralled ever-upwards since he came to power in March last year and set about tackling corruption by squaring up to the main opposition Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas), the dominant force in congress. The opinion survey was carried out shortly before Vizcarra celebrated the signing on 14 February of a plea-bargain deal with the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, which could lead to more damaging revelations of bribery and corruption, some of which could implicate FP.

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