Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Peru's Presidential Elections: The Military Issue permanent link   2 comments
The 'Counsil Of Hemispheric Affairs", an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, research and information organization based in the USA, has published this memorandum today:

Peru's Presidential Elections: The Military Issue

Three major candidates are the prime contenders to become Peru's next president when the country goes to the polls on April 9 to elect a new leader and congress. The recent high poll ratings of Ollanta Humala, a retired army commander who led a failed uprising in 2000, has added spice to an election that otherwise could have gone almost unnoticed by the international community. The possibility that Ollanta could become Peru’s next president is very much real, especially considering he is the potential favorite of Peru’s armed forces and police (together numbering around 180,000), who will be going to the polls for the first time in the April vote and could select one of their own for the nation’s top office. The future president will have to face an array of issues that have hampered Peru’s development for decades, including chronic unemployment which became even more widespread under the last two administrations. However, international attention will focus largely on what foreign policy decisions the next president will make. The million dollar questions are: is Humala, or any of the other major candidates, truly presidential?

read the whole memorandum, including an introduction and rundown on all leading candidates, here


At 3/13/2006 02:12:00 PM, Blogger Blake O'Brien wrote...

Hey! I spent a few months in Peru on leisure/adventure activities. I took a liking to the country and continue to maintain interest and keep up-to-date (somewhat) in their politics. I appreciate the blog you've got going and hope you keep it up.


At 3/13/2006 04:27:00 PM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

thank you blake,
I will do my best !


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