Latin America

Is this the end of Fujimorismo in Peru?

The political dynasty that dominated Peru for decades now appears to be on its way out, with Alberto Fujimori in poor health and his heiress' party suffering huge losses

The political dynasty that dominated Peru for decades now appears to be on its way out, with Alberto Fujimori in poor health and his heiress' party suffering huge losses
Anti-Fujimori protests in Lima (July 20, 2019). Photo: SebastORG/Shutterstock

When Alberto Fujimori first stood as a presidential candidate in Peru in 1990, he was thought of as an outsider and received little attention at first. After all, the unknown dean of an agricultural university—who became notable for driving a tractor to campaign rallies—was squaring off against future Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa, who wanted to implement Thatcherite reforms in Peru. 

But it was his promise to crush the Maoist insurgency group Shining Path and his rhetoric against the rich, white elites in a mostly poor, multiracial country that struck a chord with the electorate. Mr. Fujimori went...

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