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Peru Faces Crises in Politics and Education

LADB Article ID: 80423
Category/Department: Peru
Date: 2017-09-29
By: Elsa Chanduví Jaña

A series of events––including a teachers’ strike lasting more than 70 days; Congress’ questioning and censure of the education minister 90 days after doing the same against her predecessor; its refusal to grant the vote of confidence requested by the prime minister, and the resulting reorganization of the Cabinet––shows that Peru’s president is facing a political crisis. Continuously fueling this crisis is an already tense relationship between the executive branch and the opposition-controlled legislature. In mid-June, public school teachers from the southeast department of Cusco, members of the Cusco unit of the Sindicato Unitario de Trabajadores de la Educación Regional, began a strike that was joined by other regional unions until it went national a month later. Thousands of teachers from different parts of the country moved their protest to Lima, Peru’s capital, where they held rallies and blocked avenues and sections of strategic highways. Police responded with repression, and several teachers were injured.

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