Whoever wins…we lose (election time in Peru)
Every time it’s the fucking same! Peruvian elections are kind of like the tagline from that horrible movie by Paul W.S. Anderson, Alien vs. Predator: “Whoever wins… we lose”. So people were voting last night and currently the results are not that great. Not that this says so much since, like the tagline, it doesn’t matter who wins since we will all get fucked over.
Currently Ollanta Humala, a former soldier who by many Peruvians, especially in the upper echelons of Peruvian society, is viewed as a Venezuelan/Brazilian puppet, is ahead of the other candidates, but does not have the needed majority to skip the second round of elections. his strongest opponents rather vote for the PPK, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a Peruvian with an American passport who claims to discard the North American nationality as a sign of good will towards his potential role as Peruvian president, but for some reason is having a very hard time getting seizing to be a US citizen. The irony of course is not lost here, loyalty to the country is demanded from Humala whilst being a US puppet is completely ignored.
Our other candidates are Alejandro Toledo and Keiko Fujimori, daughter of our lovely incarcerated friend Alberto Fujimori, former president of Peru who brutally crushed the Sendero Luminoso and introduced hardliner neoliberal policies during the 1990s. Many people have been voting for this chunky former First Lady under the assumption that she is a sort of continuation of her father, her first action as president is to release her father from prison. The other mentioned candidate is Alejandro Toledo, the so-called self-made Indio who, growing up a very poor boy who had to watch many of his siblings die before adulthood, became president of Peru and ruled over the country between 2001 and 2006. Toledo might seem like a decent candidate, wanting to work on creating equal opportunities for all Peruvians and continuing the economic growth in the nation. Too bad the guy is so damn corrupt (but aren’t they all?) and has some issues with alcohol, cocaine and prostitutes (most of the time it tends to be the combination of the three).
So what about Lima’s former mayor who was also running for presidency? Last time I checked he was too far behind to be of any significance, the currently three interesting candidates are Ollanta Humala, Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. As mentioned, Humala is already ahead but does not have the +50% majority needed to skip the second which will take place in June. So now it will be interesting to see who Humala will have to run against, will it be the China Keiko Fujimori or the Gringo Pedro Pablo Kuczynski? Peruvian novelist and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa has already declared that a second round between Humala and Fujimori would be as “choosing between AIDS or cancer”.
What would happen if Humala would win? Many fear, especially those in Lima, he would turn Peru into a form of communist state, like Cuba, in which everything would become nationalized, people would no longer have their freedoms and everything would turn to shit. He would however impose stricter roles for mining companies, demand higher payments for Peruvian natural resources and attempt to distribute the country’s wealth in a fairer manner, rather than just seeing it disappear in the capital. Problem with this of course is that foreign companies do no like this, meaning that they would simply go away, therefore demonstrating who truly has the power in Peru…
And PPK? He will attempt to eliminate extreme poverty with a ten year plan, try to improve the country’s water supply and reform the national defense. Interesting, especially if he wants to continue the neoliberal agenda. I wonder how large agro-exporters would react if he would try to demand that they would have to use water more efficiently or ask the mining companies to take responsibility for contaminating the water supplies. However, I seriously doubt he would do that since he knows that these parties would never accept this. In other words, the same problems will remain since radical reforms are needed whilst these reforms could mean that foreign investments, of each any country is dependent, would disappear. Thus, Peru is walking on a tight rope and whatever way it falls, it will hurt.
Whoever wins…we lose…