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Yearbook 2010

Peru. On October 3, the trend of recent years in Peru was confirmed, namely that national parties have a very difficult time winning elections at the regional level. In 18 of the country's 25 regions, local and regional parties instead won. The traditional party that made the most of it was the Conservative PPC (Partido Popular Cristiano), whose mayoral candidate in the capital, Lima, Lourdes Flores, was declared victorious in early November after an unusually slow vote. She thus became Lima's first female mayor ever. The office is considered very important as no less than half of Peru's population lives in or around Lima.

2010 Peru

According to COUNTRYAAH, the ruling party PAP (Partido Aprista Peruano) was shaken by corruption scandals at central level during the year. At the end of April, it was revealed that the two party secretaries Jorge del Castillo and Omar Quesada both took bribes and misappropriated public funds. Castillo was thus considered to be without a chance in the April 2011 presidential election, which he intended to run for.

The exploitation of natural resources is causing more and more political protest movements with ethnic dimensions. Peru's Indians became increasingly militant during the year, notably AIDESEP (the Association of Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana), which organizes Native American people in the Peruvian Amazon and, among other things, demanded respect for ethnic rights and protested that the government's promises were not kept. Particularly infected was the issue of the legal consequences of the massacre in Bagua in June 2009, when 33 protesting Indians were killed by police.

In early October, the Swedish Academy announced that Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature of the Year. 74-year-old Vargas Llosa is also known for his political commitment, which led him, among other things, to run for president in Peru in 1990 on a conservative agenda.

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