Peru: A new government on the horizon?

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) was in charge of the government of Peru just 20 months

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Leer en español: Perú: El cambio del nuevo gobierno

This is how, after resigning, the vice president, Martín Vizcarra, took office on March 23rd, leaving his position as ambassador in Canada. But who is Martín Vizcarra? What are the new challenges and goals you intend to achieve?

The 55-year-old engineer is the son of the former mayor of Moquegua and member of the Constituent Assembly of 1978, César Vizcarra Vargas and Doris Cornejo, professor. Vizcarra was an adviser to Kuczynski in 2015 and in 2016 he was elected first vice president. Vizcarra who is characterized as a person of moderate character, was former regional governor of Moquegua, located in the south of the country, won popular support after the passage of El Niño coastal phenomenon, caused great disaster, at that time being Minister of Transport and Communications, strongly supported the affected areas. He also carried out a project at the Chinchero airport in 2017, however the signature presented anomalies for which he was questioned, which also led to the resignation of Vizcarra as minister. After that, he was named ambassador to Canada in October of last year.

Martín Vizcarra has it clear: "Corruption is the one that does not let Peru develop, corruption is the one that does not allow more projects to be done with the saving of money that can be done in each one of them. That is why it is so important that it is a project beyond the concrete, here is incorporated the commitment of an honest and transparent work ", according to the newspaper El Comercio.

Former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, 80, is an academic, economist, businessman, writer and politician from Peru. He has been Minister of Energy and Mines, Economy and Finance and President of the Council of Ministers during the government of Toledo. Candidate for the elections of 2011 and 2016 when he defeated Keiko Fujimori.


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In Peru, former President PPK is accused of having received sums of up to USD29 million in bribes, as well as former governments and their former presidents such as Alejandro Toledo, Alan García and Ollanta Humala who governed between 2001 and 2016 respectively.

The new ministers who will accompany the President are absolutely unknown. Only two come from the circle of Vizcarra. This contrasts with his predecessor PPK who joined 12 people from his closest circle to form his cabinet, according to Peru21 newspaper. In the new cabinet, 16 of the 19 ministers have experience in the portfolio assigned to them. Great experience and knowledge in each of his positions and that will accompany him until 2021 date on which his term ends.

Stained Governments of Peru

The 5 former presidents who have preceded Vizcarra, are under various investigations related to cases of corruption, money laundering and abuse of people, among others, according to Gestion.pe. Currently, the former PPK president can not leave the country, as long as the investigation into the Odebrecht cases continues to Westfield Capital and First Capital companies.

Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000)

Sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment for kidnapping and Barrios Altos and La Cantuta case, for violation of human rights.

Alan García (2006-2011 / 1985-1990)

Investigation for money laundering and illicit enrichment.

Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006)

Money laundering

Ollanta Humala (2011-2016)

Investigated along with his wife, Nadie Heredia, for money laundering and illicit contributions in political campaigns.

The Summit of the Americas

The president has been optimistic about the VIII Summit of the Americas to be held this Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 in Lima, whose central theme will be "Democratic governance and the fight against corruption" and will be attended by 21 presidents. He told the newspaper El Comercio: "We are going to show a Peru that is united to forge its progress and development, that is what we are going to show all the presidents who visit us at the summit," Vizcarra told El Comercio newspaper.


Latin American Post | Daniella Páez

Translated from "Perú: El cambio del nuevo gobierno"


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