Peru’s President Tries to Clean up Tangled Political System with Elections January 26th

Investigations are underway against former governors, mayors, ministers and members of parliament. Over the years, Odebrecht has admitted bribing Latin American politicians and officials with US$785 million (R$3.1 billion).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The corruption scandal surrounding the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht has triggered a political earthquake in Peru. President Vizcarra is stamping his authority on the fight against corruption. When the Peruvian parliament did not support him, he called new elections.

Consider four individuals. One shot himself as the police stood outside his door to arrest him. Another is in custody in the USA, awaiting extradition. A third is under house arrest. A fourth faces criminal charges and has only limited freedom of movement.

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