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Weekly Report - 02 April 2020 (WR-20-13)

PERU: Tough tactics paying dividends

The popularity of President Martín Vizcarra has long been an anomaly in a political system that has broadly lost the trust of the Peruvian public. As many leaders across Latin America face criticism for their responses to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Vizcarra has gone from strength to strength, with a 21 March Ipsos survey showing his approval rating up at 87%, largely on the basis of his response to the health emergency, with some uncharacteristically authoritarian security measures counter-balanced by generous economic provisions.

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