The 2016 presidential election in Peru will go down in history, being the narrowest victory by any presidential candidate in recent years in Latin America.
The victory by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) represents a ray of hope in a difficult economic moment for the region. By electing PPK to the presidency, Peruvians have signalled their preference for gradual and pragmatic change over the harsher polarizing rhetoric of Keiko Fujimori. But since he does not have majority support in Congress, PPK will need to immediately begin displaying his commitment to building coalitions and forging consensus. If PPK succeeds, Peru will be on the verge of making the transition to a consolidated emerging democracy. That would be good news for the entire region.
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