Peru. On November 24, the Supreme Court unanimously decided to reject a request by former President Alberto Fujimori to alleviate his 25-year prison sentence from 2009. The motivation was that there was no legal basis to comply with the request. However, the president’s daughter, Keiko Fujimori, leader of the conservative FP (Force), threatened that her party as a reprisal would make it difficult for current President Ollanta Humala to pass legislative proposals in Congress. Most notably, it was a $ 4 billion economic stimulus package with which President Humala wanted to start economic growth, increase tax revenue and finance new public investment.
The financial problems led to, among other things, the departure of Minister of Finance and Finance Luís Miguel Castilla in mid-September. Everything else spoke in favor of an intensified battle between Humala and Keiko Fujimori, who lost to Humala in the 2011 presidential election but who led the polls ahead of the next presidential election in 2016.
According to Countryaah.com, Peru population in 2020 is estimated at 32,971,865. The president was also heavily employed by political scandals in his presence. The leader of one of Humala’s cooperative parties in Congress, former president Alejandro Toledo (PP, A possible Peru), was charged with illegal money laundering, and one of the party members was examined for links to drug trafficking. In the investigations into the so-called La Centralita scandal, where the governor of the province of Áncash, César Álvarez Aguilar, was accused of being behind a secret interception campaign against critical journalists, also indirectly hit the president. Since taking office in 2007, Álvarez Aguilar has been surrounded by rumors of ordered murders of political competitors, and the scandal took off after Álvarez Aguilar’s former legal adviser Esequiel Nolasco was murdered in unclear circumstances on March 14. Álvarez Aguilar was arrested by police in mid-May.
In the local elections held on October 5, local parties moved strongly forward. Particularly noteworthy was Gregorio Santo’s landslide victory in the governor’s election in Cajamarca. Santos is one of the most intense opponents of the Conga gold and copper mining project Conga, which was temporarily halted after major protests in 2011. Even in the southern province of Apurimac, opposition to local mining projects was manifested in the election results.
In the capital Lima, Luís Castañeda became the first to be elected to the office three times when he defeated sitting Susana Villarán and the main opponent Enrique Cornejo by a wide margin.
In the field of foreign policy, Peru won a great success when the International Court of Justice in The Hague at the end of January sentenced Peru to the advantage of a six-year border dispute at sea with Chile.