Peru’s Prime Minister Resigns; is Kuczynski’s term in danger?

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is the current President of Peru, but his cabinet has been suffering major setbacks as of late, as 15 of Kuczynski’s ministers have resigned or stepped down. The biggest loss so far for Kuczynski has come with the resignation of his prime minister Fernando Zavala on September 15th. Zavala’s resignation came after his government lost a vote of confidence in Congress. Kuczynki’s government has been having quite the predicament as of late; Kuczynki’s just started his presidency several months ago, and he hasn’t even been in office for a year. Now, most Peruvian’s are beginning to believe that he’s a ‘lame duck’. Kuczynki’s government has been facing these setbacks because of the opposition party Fuerza Popular (or literally Popular Force) has control of most of the seats in Congress (71 out of 130 to be exact). Keiko Fujimori, who was the Fuerza Popular’s presidential candidate, lost a close race with Kuczynski last year. Fujimori is the daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, who is currently in jail for human rights crimes. Kuczynski comes from a banking background and is a socially liberal pragmatist who wants to bring in more workers to the labor force, improve public services and infrastructure and overall improve the economy. However Fuerza Popular is severely more right-wing as they align themselves with conservative Catholics and evangelical Christians. They complain that the government is pro-abortion, gay-friendly and doesn’t pay attention to the people outside of the capital city of Lima. Fuerza Popular is doing all it can to stop Kuczynski and his government from passing any legislation. Kuczynki’s approval rating is a measly 22%, which is down 41% compared to when he was first elected to office. However, this may not be the end of the world for President Kuczynski, as he may benefit from the deep divisions within Fuerza Popular; for instance, Keiko and her brother Kenji have been opposing each other, especially after he backed the former prime minister in the confidence vote (if you haven’t noticed so far, this sounds really familiar to the Republican Party civil war going on here in the states). Even the newly promoted prime minister, Mercedes Araroz, has been met with warm reception by even Fuerza Popular. And also benefiting the president is the expanding GDP, which grew by 2.4% this year and is projected to go up by 4% next year, thanks in no part to its biggest export in copper. If Kuczynki is going to maintain his standing in office, a fresh of breath air is going to be needed, and it seems he is getting one (but how long will it last?)…


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