Weekly Report - 23 February 2023 (WR-23-08)

PERU: Boluarte battles to salvage government’s image

The economy and finance minister, Alex Contreras, announced on 20 February that Peru “is back”, while launching a big new tourism campaign with investment to the tune of NS$500m (US$130m). The subtext of his comment was clear: the acute political and social crisis that has gripped Peru for over two months is over and it is now time to move on. The protests have reduced in intensity, with the number of roadblocks and provinces affected having fallen significantly from their peak, but they are far from over and could erupt again at any point as the government led by President Dina Boluarte has not engaged protesters in dialogue, and congress is procrastinating over approving a constitutional reform to stage early elections.

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