2017's major news stories on Peru's political agenda

LIMA- PERÚ- 21 Diciembre. El señor Presidente de la República, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, hace uso de la palabra durante la sesión del pleno del Congreso por pedido de vacancia. Foto: ANDINA/Luis Iparraguirre

LIMA- PERÚ- 21 Diciembre. El señor Presidente de la República, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, hace uso de la palabra durante la sesión del pleno del Congreso por pedido de vacancia. Foto: ANDINA/Luis Iparraguirre

14:32 | Lima, Dec. 31.

The pardon granted to ex-President Alberto Fujimori and the frustrated impeachment attempt against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were the two biggest political events this year.

During the summer, Coastal El Niño phenomenon disasters —characterized by heavy rains, landslides and floods— wreaked havoc in northern Peru, leaving death and destruction, but also showing Peruvians' solidarity with each other.

Ups and downs of Chinchero International Airport's construction in Cusco, the no-confidence vote against Fernando Zavala's Ministerial Cabinet, as well as Odebrecht-related corruption allegations were also part of the political landscape this past year.

Below is a list of 2017's major news stories in Peru. 

February 4

Peruvian police raided the home of former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo. A witness said he would have received US$20 million from the Brazilian conglomerate to secure the Inter-oceanic Highway contract. The Judiciary asked that Toledo be placed under preventive detention for an 18-month period. 

February 24

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski met with United States counterpart Donald Trump at the White House. The U.S. leader announced he will visit Peru to attend the Summit of the Americas.

March 14

Coastal El Niño weather event wreaked havoc in northern Peru. State ministers deployed to emergency areas.

April 19

Brave military commandos who rescued MRTA hostages at the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima were named "Heroes of Democracy" by Parliament. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski honored the military operation members as well. 

May 9

Peru created the Authority for Reconstruction with Changes plan, whose budget amounts to S/25 billion (US$7.7 billion) to rebuild northern regions in Peru with the participation of regional and municipal governments.

May 22

Peru's First-Vice President Martin Vizcarra stepped down as Transport and Communications Minister following questionings regarding Chinchero International Airport Project. He was previously summoned to Congress.

May 17

Former Cusco Regional Governor Jorge Acurio Tito was detained over Odebrecht bribery allegations. According to the Prosecutor's Office, the ex-governor received a US$3-million bribe from the Brazilian construction giant to secure a major highway project in the Imperial City. 

June 2

The United Nations General Assembly elected Peru as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2018-2019 period.

June 21

Peruvian Economy and Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne lost a confidence vote at Congress. Following the result, he confirmed his resignation from the Executive Branch. 

July 7

The Governments of Peru and Chile held the first Binational Cabinet, a high-level meeting covering common-agenda topics to forge closer ties. 

July 11

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski met with opposition leader Keiko Fujimori to address key policies in the Andean country. 

July 13

Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala (2011-2016) and wife Nadine Heredia arrived at Lima-based Justice Palace to remain in custody at said facilities' lock-up following a judicial resolution ordering 18-month preventive detention. 

July 26

Peruvian lawmakers elected Luis Galarreta Velarde as the new Congress Chairman for the 2017-2018 period. 

August 8

Foreign Affairs Ministers from the Americas met at the Peruvian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Lima to assess the situation of Venezuela in response to the opening of its controversial Constituent Assembly. 

September 12

The country commemorates 25 years of the capture of Peru's most wanted terrorist, Abimael Guzman. He was captured on September 12th, 1992, marking the defeat of Shining Path —the most bloodthirsty and cruel terrorist group the country has ever seen. 

September 13

Peruvian Government decided to submit a confidence motion on behalf of the Council of Ministers, following Fuerza Popular party's decision to proceed with a censure motion against Education Minister Marilu Martens. The Congress voted no-confidence, forcing Cabinet resignation.

December 4

Four Peruvian entrepreneurs linked to Brazilian construction company Odebrecht were transferred from a Justice Palace's detention cell to Lima region's Ancon No. 1 prison facilities. 

December 21

Congress voted against passing the impeachment motion that sought to oust President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, after a long debate initiated at the Legislative Palace. The impeachment required 87 votes in favor (two-thirds) out of 130 to succeed. A total of 79 legislators voted in favor, there were 19 votes against and 21 abstentions. 

December 24

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, using his constitutional powers, decided to grant the humanitarian pardon to ex-President Alberto Fujimori, as well as seven other people in similar condition. 


Published: 12/31/2017