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Weekly Report - 28 March 2019 (WR-19-12)

PERU: Vizcarra completes a year but has little to show for it

It has been 12 months since Martín Vizcarra assumed Peru’s presidency on 23 March 2018 following the resignation of elected president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over corruption allegations. While Vizcarra has succeeded in providing a degree of stability to the national executive by setting a clear agenda to overcome the crisis produced by the corruption scandals that continue to affect Peru’s political class, his administration has been unable to make much headway on its main objective – to advance far-reaching political and judicial reforms aimed at tackling the deep-rooted official corruption. These initiatives remain stuck in the opposition-controlled congress, which continues to be more interested in settling political scores and obstructing any moves that could undermine the privileges enjoyed by deputies.

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