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Impeachment, PPK and Peru's Stunted Democracy

December 20, 2017

The specter of impeachment hanging over Pedro Pablo Kuczynski this week raises an important question about Peru’s politics: Why are the country’s presidents prone to crisis, political volatility and unstable mandates?

The answer lies in a democracy that has yet to fully mature. Whether or not Kuczynski is impeached on Thursday, Peru’s parties and political institutions are in desperate need of reform.

Kuczynski is suspected of taking payments from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht during his time as prime minister and finance minister under former President Alejandro...

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