Peru: Toward the Second Round

And so the elections in Peru have passed, but they will return because they have no officially announced what we all already knew: there will be a second round of voting and it will be between Ollanta Humala and Alan García. This, as you can immagine, is occupying the thoughts of various bloggers who are analyzing, debating, or simply compiling information and showing diverse information that has been published in other media.

For example, in Politikeando Perú two posts called my attention, one of them about an analysis by the Editor for Latin America of the Economist, Michael Reid, given in an interview to the BBC. Another post is “Humala and Chavez: Dangerous and Suspicious Relations,” which analyzes the curious game of alignment between Chavez, Humala, García and Toledo.

Jomra is busy with the upcoming second round debate: it's necessary to have a debate between the candidates, with good arguments aimed at what should be debated, but far removed from what a debate really has become: a spectacle for the masses. Sticking to the theme, Victor Mechan, in his blog Ciencia, looks at the possible outcomes and opponents in his post “Elecciones, Perú: Recta Final.” I say “opponents” because in addition to the debate between the presidential candidates, they have also planned debates between leaders of respective government programs and those in charge of each sector. As you well know, they are the ones likely to become the next government ministers.

Lucho Becerra offers us an article that appeared in the New York Times and was translated to Spanish: “The Imminent Peruvian Disaster: an Article of the New York Times.” It argues that both of the two options that we have at the second round polls will make things worse. Something that Rosaelen does not agree with in her post: “Superfluous Commentary.”

In a post that is not as Anti-APRA [the political party of Alan García] as others of hers I've read, Litta of Blanca Nieves attacks one of the main ideological points of APRA in her post “Will García Abandon the Party Platform?” The post has inspired various comments, some judicious, others not so much. There is also a post in response to Litta in the blog Free Opinion titled: “Clarifying ‘Blanca Nieves’ on the Party Platform of APRA.”

On the other hand, the blog Incan Nation of the 21st Century writes, from a nationalistic point of view, “The Topic of Propriety of Strategic Natural Resources: According to Alan and Ollanta.”

Finally, Carla chimes in on the movement that is circulating around Lima to abstain come election day in her post “Abstention Does Nothing.”

Translation by David Sasaki


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