Here’s an examination of Peru’s current political showdown. And here’s my opinion about what it means.
Since I work with many foreigners and expats, I sometimes ask for their opinions about Peru’s current political situation, but many don’t seem to know anything about what’s going on. In my opinion, if you reside or work abroad, it’s a great thing to get educated about the political situations in your host country.
The first big topic: judicial corruption allegations
Some powerful, illustrious magistrates seem to have been the key players involved in a scandal involving a series of leaked audio recordings. For the public, this has been an eye-opener into the high levels of corruption within our judicial system. Many high ranking judges have been mentioned in the leaked recordings. The public’s reaction has been of outrage, indignation, and disapproval. The funny thing is that Peruvians are not in shock about this. For most, it’s a well-known fact that the only way to get justice in our country is by bribing officials, and by having connections with people of power.
If you are lucky enough to hold both of these cards, then you’re well on your way to being acquitted. Or in a worst-case scenario, you’ll probably be given a lighter sentence, have witnesses disappear, or have them change their minds about testifying.
Second big thing happening right now: two leaders in a fight for power
Two of our nations biggest political rivals, our default sworn in President, Mr. Vizcarra and the head of the majority of Congress party Mrs. Keiko Fujimori, are facing off right now. It seems that our President has decided to abolish corruption in every possible level of politics and society. This will not be an easy task to take on: he’s facing opposition from all fronts. Many of our congress politicians, acting in political and economic interest, will surely play dirty tricks to keep him from cleaning up the house.
My thoughts and analysis
One of the problems I see with Mr. Vizcarra is that he has no real political party of his own. The leader of his party, Mr. Kuczynski, was recently impeached. Kuczynski is now laying low, trying not to make waves, so that the public forgets about him. He’s tried to leave the country a few times but has been denied of his petition because there’s an ongoing investigation into his actions while he was president.
The way I see it, this showdown between Fujimori and Vizcarra will be detrimental to our already weak government. It will do nothing but add to the chaos, the lack of unity, and lack of organization between our authorities.
At the same time, I do applaud this bold move by our president. I think his decision to hold a referendum for deciding faith of Congress didn’t sit well on Mrs. Keiko. She wants to keep her party’s congressional majority no matter what. She’ll do this in order to continue to manipulate just about every single law that’s proposed. The sad thing about this is that she’s doing this to protect her personal interests, not the interests of the country.