Weekly Report - 12 May 2022 (WR-22-19)

Peru becomes byword for political unpredictability

Peru has hardly been renowned for political stability in recent years, but since President Pedro Castillo took office in July last year scarcely a day has gone by without some new incident heightening political uncertainty. Even by these standards, however, the last week has produced some striking developments. First, a fiery debate over the desirability of a constitutional amendment to permit a constituent assembly to be convened to redraft a new constitution coincided with separate legislative initiatives to curtail the terms of congressional deputies and the president, who now faces another investigation. Then there was the election of new magistrates to the constitutional tribunal (TC), which saw the far-left Perú Libre (PL) rupture after voting with the right-wing Fuerza Popular (FP, Fujimoristas).

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