Peru is a large country located in South America with a population of around 31 million people. The economy of Peru is largely dependent on the export of minerals and agricultural products, with its GDP per capita estimated at US$7,500 in 2017. In terms of foreign relations, Peru has strong ties to other countries in the region such as Chile and Colombia as well as other countries around the world. It is also a member of the United Nations, Organization of American States (OAS) and Pacific Alliance. In terms of politics, Peru has a multi-party system which includes three major parties: Peruvian Nationalist Party (PNP), Popular Action (AP) and National Restoration (RN). The Parliament consists of 130 members who are elected by popular vote every five years. In 2017, AP won majority in parliamentary elections under President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s leadership. See militarynous for Peru military and defense.
Peru. The year ended with a growing political crisis in Peru. Ever since Keiko Fujimori lost the 2016 presidential election, she has, through her Party of People’s Power (FP), supported majority in Congress for an intense political campaign against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. In September, his Prime Minister Fernando Zavala faced the prospect of a distrust vote against his Minister of Education Marilú Martens, which could have triggered a new election. Kuczynski chose to dismiss Zavala and replace him with Congressman and party colleague Mercedes Aráoz, and also replace five other members of government. Government reforms are common in Peru and both the finance minister, the transport minister and the energy minister were forced to resign during the year due to the same pressure from Fujimori’s FP. The direct cause of the drama was the opposition’s criticism of Marten’s way of handling a multi-month teacher strike, but in the background an old power struggle between Kuczynski and supporters of former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) and his daughter Keiko. Already in mid-October, a distrust vote was directed at the new prime minister, who, however, managed. In November, the government crisis was followed by threats of national law against national prosecutor Pablo Sánchez for breach of his duties in connection with investigations into the corruption scandal surrounding the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. In fact, Sánchez had just launched an investigation of Fujimori himself into the scandal on the basis of leaked documents from Brazil and called to testify before a congressional committee. See ABBREVIATIONFINDER for frequently used acronyms and abbreviations related to as well as country profile of Peru.
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According to Countryaah.com, President Kuczynski and grassroots movements accused Fujimori’s party of undermining democracy by variously staging a constitutional coup and installing a “congressional dictatorship”. On the other hand, the Odebrech scandal also cast its shadow over President Kuczynski, who is suspected of receiving illegal campaign funding. At the same time, all former presidents since 2001 seemed to have received several million dollars in bribes, and in July the Prosecutor General’s Office ordered that Ollanta Humala (President 2011-16) and his wife be banned from departure pending further bribery investigations.
Already in April, President Kuczynski began publicly voicing the opportunity to pardon 78-year-old Alberto Fujimori, who has been in prison since 2005, and on Christmas Eve announced the president’s decision. It was speculated that the measure would be intended to appease the opposition and thereby avoid national law. But the decision instead triggered violent protests from other parties and human rights groups that categorically opposed the release of the president, still largely remembered for his political repression in the 1990s.