The new president faces a coronavirus-ravaged economy and deeply entrenched political opposition, but his ambitious social programmes are a cause for celebration, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE
PEDRO CASTILLO, a rural schoolteacher representing the left-wing party Peru Libre (Free Peru), scored a stunning victory in this year’s presidential election, but the struggle against powerful right-wing forces is now entering a new stage.
Castillo’s success was unexpected. Back in March he was at 5 per cent
in the opinion polls but performed well in the candidates’ debates and
secured 19 per cent in the first round of the election in April, topping
17 other candidates.
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