By: Luis Arce Borja / Source: Rebelion / The Dawn News / August 2, 2016. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was sworn in as President of Peru. With a hand on the Bible, he said: “I, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard, swear by God, by the Motherland and by all Peruvians that I will loyally exercise the role of President of the Republic that the nation has entrusted me for the 2016-2021 period”. With this ridiculous, pathetic and false statement, the new tenant of the Presidential House began his government administration.
To swear by the God of Christians and by the “motherland” is a common denominator used by one of the most despicable, reactionary and conservative leaders of Peru. In fact, Pablo Kuczynski is a 78-year-old political parasyte linked to transnational companies and world powers, especially the US. In the year 1968 he was involved in a 100-million-dollar “gift” to the International Petroleum Company, a North American enterprise that had just been expropriated by a military junta. In 2006, while he was Prime Minister of corrupt Alejandro Toledo, he endorsed Francisco Javier Pardo Mesones in a recommendation letter, a militant of infamous Alberto Fujimori’s political organization who is currently accused of laundering money in Panama.
Kuczynski is now the “elected” president, but it might well have been Keiko Fujimori, or any other of the go-getters and liars that ran the presidential race. With this new President, absolutely nothing will change for poor Peruvians. The political system of this country is built to use the government and the state institutions to steal, plunder the country, demand bribes and create hunger and misery for the population. That’s what happened with Alberto Fujimori, Alan García, Alejandro Toledo and the outgoing Ollanta Humala, whose wife, First Lady Nadine Heredia, leaves with several criminal trials underway.
Pablo Kuczynski is an old character of the Peruvian right. More than half of his life was used to serve the main cores of power in Peru and the US. In the 60s he was the manager of the Central Bank. In 1980 and 1982 he was minister of Fernando Belaunde, linked to the US groups of power. In 2001 he was Minister of Economy of Alejandro Toledo’s government, which was a disaster. In 2005 he was appointed President of the Council of Ministers of that same government.
Kuczynski is a product of the Peruvian political scene, which is essentially defined by corruption and decadence, and where matters of state are dealt by mafia gangs. In this context, the new president is not substantially different from other leaders whose only legacy is not hunger and misery for the people, but also a society that is plundered, sunken in misrule and corruption. Kuczynski, in his role as businessman or as a member of various governments, was a member of the Peruvian political scourge. He owns, as usual among his class, an NGO. It’s called Agualimpia and it’s financed by the World Bank, the European Union, the Inter American Bank and several transnational mining companies and private companies from Peru. This includes money from Barrick Gold, a Canadian transnational company that exploits gold in Peru. It’s also financed by the American company Southern Copper, the mining company Cerro Verde and even from transnational company, Coca Cola.
With Kuczynski there’s no change in the political scenario of previous corrupt governments in Peru. He represents the “lesser evil” of the electoral process for the presidency. He lost in the first round, but in the runoff he was supported by all of the political filthiness, such as the right-wing “left”, of Peru. Even the infamous direction of the central union, the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP), jumped on the bandwagon of the new President and called to vote for the candidate of the wealthy. In this springboard to power, not even the “far left” candidate Verónika Mendoza refrained from jumping: after being defeated in the first round, he begged her voters to attend the urns and vote for the candidate of the US. Mendoza said: “today, casting a blank or invalid vote tips the scale in favor of Keiko, therefore the only option is to mark the symbol of Peruvians For Change (PPK) [Kuczynski party]”.
In other articles, I’ve affirmed that a political way that favors the people is completely ruled out from the electoral scenario. Peru has the most corrupt and false electoral system of Latin America, like others so-called “banana republics”. There’s no way to tell the honest candidates from the corrupt ones. Each election is a parade of criminals, drug traffickers and thieves. For example, Alan García Pérez was elected President for the second time after his large criminal record became publicly known. He had become wealthy with money from the state, and was responsible for many murders of war prisoners: García had ordered the killing of 300 war prisoners in June 1986. Before Alberto Fujimori became President of Peru in 1990, the press had published his crimes in the selling of houses and plots of land. Alejandro Toledo, a liar and a drunk, sat in the presidential seat in Peru, and with the company of his wife (Eliane Karp) committed a series of crimes. This didn’t prevent him from running for the presidency for a second time. Ollanta Humala ran for president and won the elections after the press revealed his criminal past in Alto Huallaga, when he was an officer in the army at the service of Fujimorism.
Keiko Fujimori, daughter and heir of the criminal Alberto Fujimori, came out a close second in the presidential race. She had been protected by the corrupt political and judicial system of Peru. Otherwise, she would have been imprisoned a long time ago for criminal association and complicity with her father. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who pretends to be clean as a whistle, is not. There are many accusations against the new President. One of them dates back to 1968, when he was the director of the Central Reserve Bank, and gave 105 million dollars (at the current exchange rate) to the International Petroleum Company. As a consequence of that crime, he fled from Peru and took refuge in the US. Another accusation is linked to the exploitation and exportation of gas to Camisea. Parliamentary Manuel Dammert has presented solid proof that shows that Pedro Pablo Kuczynski used his position as Prime Minister in June 2005 to favor the transnational company Hunt Oil and give them the gas reserves of Camisea. “Camisea gas was discovered and Toledo allowed a lobbyist like Kuczynski to do a great deal”, Dammert said.