Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Getting moderates in Peru

Ollanta Humala had his about face to woo moderates for the run-off, and here is Keiko Fujimori's.  Before, her father headed the "best government in Peru's history."  Now she apologizes for his "mistakes" and "crimes."  And he might have been "authoritarian" but not a dictatorship.  Before, she said she "would not hesitate" to pardon him.  Now she swears she won't.

So will the real Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori please stand up?


Vicente Duque 1:21 PM  

Mr Weeks

Thanks for excellent information on Peru that I read with pleasure.

I celebrate the Peruvian Economic Miracle of recent years and feel happy for that.

It will be wonderful if Peru follows a path of moderation in the good company of Chile and Colombia, and perhaps Brazil.

I am an ignorant on Peruvian political matters, but I hope that the winner in that election does not join the club of Hugo Chavez, with distinguished members : Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Rafael Correa and Evo Morales.

The Future of Latin America is in these two things :

1) Trade, Strong Economies of Rationality and Creativity without stupid ideologies.

2) Add better institutions like true separation of powers, true free press, better Justice system ( which is a shame now in many countries ), fight against bribes and corruption.

I want to repeat one million times that without "Access to Justice" for the common citizen there is no progress, economic, cultural, moral, educational, etc ...


Justin Delacour 3:34 PM  

I actually don't think Ollanta Humala has ever been particularly radical. With a steadily growing economy, it's completely conceivable that Humala would only moderately reform the country's economic model (a la Lula). As Lula has shown, center-left presidents don't have to do anything particularly radical to build a solid base among the poor. I think Humala understands this.

Alfredo 9:32 AM  

From my point of view the Peruvian Economic Miracle missed a large chunk of the electorate, as at least in the first round they gave a bit over 31% of the vote to Humala who at the time ran on a plan to redistribute some of that "miracle". Politics and economics go hand in hand.

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