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Weekly Report - 05 August 2021 (WR-21-31)

Castillo on collision course with congress over cabinet choices

After a short hiatus of stability under the interim presidency of Francisco Sagasti (2020-2021), Peru entered the more-familiar territory of political uncertainty this week. A smooth ride under President Pedro Castillo never looked likely, but not even the most pessimistic of commentators would have anticipated a full-blown crisis within hours of his taking office. Castillo was inaugurated without a cabinet on 28 July. When he named it, it set off a storm of criticism from opponents, while disconcerting moderate allies: Pedro Francke, who spent most of the run-off campaign seeking to assuage concerns about Castillo’s radical intentions, imposed conditions before agreeing to assume the post of economy and finance minister, such was his disquiet over the inclusion of a handful of orthodox Marxists in an almost exclusively male cabinet under a prime minister being investigated for alleged ‘apology for terrorism’.

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