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Podcast: José Ugaz on Peru’s Anti-Corruption Wave and the Fate of Fujimorismo

On this episode of “Deep South,” prominent Peruvian jurist José Ugaz discusses President Martín Vizcarra’s anti-corruption push and whether it will succeed.
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Just like Brazil, Guatemala and other countries, Peru's politics have been torn apart by a torrent of corruption scandals in recent years. With fallout from Brazil's "Car Wash" investigation resulting in the impeachment of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and the recent arrest of opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, Peruvians have seen graft on all sides of the political spectrum. More recently, President Martín Vizcarra has tried to make the anti-corruption project his own, proposing a constitutional referendum to approve key reforms that would make graft more difficult. Will he succeed? On this episode of “Deep South,” Peruvian jurist José Ugaz discusses the implications of this anti-corruption trend. As former chairman of Transparency International and an instrumental figure in the prosecution of the Fujimori-Montesinos corruption cases, Ugaz tells AQ Editor-in-Chief Brian Winter that “there is no political linkage between the decisions of the government and its proposals of reform with what is happening in the judicial.” In his experience fighting corruption, he has found that “a genuine anti-corruption process has no ideology.”

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