García Will Try to Prevent a Leftist from Governing Peru

Por Dialogo
julio 30, 2010

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Peruvian president Alan García will do everything he can to prevent a leftist
from taking the reins of one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies and will
lead an offensive in favor of a conservative or centrist candidate in the 2011
election campaign.

The conservative leader is expected to attack the opposition with fierce
criticism in the last year of his unpopular administration, the free-market policies
of which have nonetheless put Peru high on the list of the world’s most dynamic
economies, analysts said.

One of his victims is Ollanta Humala, an ultranationalist who almost defeated
García in the 2006 presidential election and is in fourth place in the polls, but
who has complained that he has been unfairly described as an opponent of private
investment and who is now trying to moderate his radical rhetoric.

García, who will complete the fourth year of his second term on Wednesday, is
on his way to surpass a disapproval rating of 65 percent, according to surveys,
which will make it an uphill struggle for him if he tries to return for a historic
third term from 2016 to 2021, observers agree.

His posture as a fervent promoter of private investment and the free market
contrasts with the state control of his first term between 1985 and 1990, which
ended in an economic crisis, and has marked a divergence from the advance of leftist
governments in Latin America.

The sixty-one-year-old leader has sought to shake off a past also tarnished
by the rise of leftist guerilla groups that reached their height at the end of the
1980s. One of his tactics has been to exploit voters’ memories in recalling the
violence of that period.

Internal warfare and the rebels’ attempts to overthrow the state left around
69,000 dead or missing, including civilians and military personnel, during the 1980s
and 1990s.

“The issue of terrorism is a very sensitive one in Peru, and this issue is
being used as a propaganda tool,” according to Fernando Tuesta, a political
scientist at the Catholic University of Peru and a former head of the state election
commission. “The administration has succeeded in placing the terrorists on the same
level as its opponents or its enemies, whoever they may be,” he added.