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Attempt in Peru to Recall Lima Mayor Susana Villarán Fails

LADB Article ID: 78709
Category/Department: Peru
Date: 2012-06-29
By: Elsa Chanduví Jaña

Nineteen months after taking office, Susana Villarán, the first woman elected mayor of Lima by popular vote, has recently begun to notice a slight uptick in her approval ratings. In June, her approval rating was 30%, five percentage points higher than in May, according to polling firm Datum. Since taking office, the mayor, a moderate leftist, has had to govern with strong opposition from the right and the media, which were determined to unseat her through a recall that they tried to include in the Consulta Popular de Revocatoria de Autoridades Regionales y Municipales 2012, scheduled for Sept. 30. Their argument: Villarán's administration is inefficient.

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