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Can Francisco Sagasti Hold Peru Together?

By Jo-Marie Burt

The 76-year-old centrist technocrat will have to deal with a combative Congress and reeling electorate.

Peru’s new president, Francisco Sagasti, has spent decades grappling with how to best address severe political crises I was doing research in Peru in 1993 when, in the aftermath of then-president Alberto Fujimori’s autogolpe (self-coup), Sagasti’s newly formed think tank Agenda Peru gathered social scientists and other public intellectuals for a series of forums, brainstorming how to protect what remained of the country’s democratic institutions while tackling poverty, economic crisis, and ongoing violence Decades later, as Peru emerges from a week of upheaval and police...

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