Peru

Area Total 1,285,216 sqkm
Climate varies from tropical in east to dry desert in west; temperate to frigid in Andes
Natural Resources copper, silver, gold, petroleum, timber, fish, iron ore, coal, phosphate, potash, hydropower, natural gas
Imports $38.65 billion (2017 est.)partners: China 22.3%, US 20.1%, Brazil 6%, Mexico 4.4% (2017)
Exports $44.92 billion (2017 est.)partners: China 26.5%, US 15.2%, Switzerland 5.2%, South Korea 4.4%, Spain 4.1%, India 4.1% (2017)
Government presidential republic
Capital Lima
Population 31.3 million (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 60.2%, Amerindian 25.8%, white 5.9%, African descent 3.6%, other 1.2%, unspecified 3.3% (2017 est.)
Language Spanish (official) 82.9%, Quechua (official) 13.6%, Aymara(official) 1.6%, Ashaninka0.3%, other languages 1.8% (2017 est.)

News about Peru

  • Squatters issue death threats to archaeologist who discovered oldest city in the Americas
    by Dan Collyns in Lima on January 3, 2021

    Squatters reportedly belonging to one family claim site of 5,000 year-old ruins was given to them in the 1970sIllegal squatters have invaded the ruins of the oldest city in the Americas, and made death threats against Ruth Shady, the celebrated Peruvian archaeologist who discovered the 5,000-year-old civilization.The threats came via telephone calls and […]

  • China's Sinopharm Covid vaccine: how effective is it and where will it be rolled out?
    by Helen Davidson on December 14, 2020

    Trials have claimed 86% efficacy, but Peru has suspended tests because of ‘an adverse event’ and there is concern about lack of transparencyRead all our coronavirus coverage hereTrials in the United Arab Emirates have shown that China’s Sinopharm vaccine has 86% efficacy. So what is the Chinese treatment, where is it being trialled and will it […]

  • 'The people are not afraid any more': young Peruvians rise up to demand change
    by Dan Collyns in Lima on November 25, 2020

    After a tumultuous week, Peru’s burgeoning grassroots movement says it will not accept a return to business as usualAfter a tumultuous week in which Peru saw three presidents – and a brutal police backlash against massive pro-democracy protests – a nascent youth movement has emerged with a clear message to the country’s politicians.Under the […]

  • Sagasti sends top police brass into retirement in major police reform
    by Andean Air Mail & PERUVIAN TIMES on November 25, 2020

    President Francisco Sagasti sent home three lieutenant generals and 15 generals of the National Police, in a drastic measure to renew the entire high command in the force.  The officers include Lieut. Gen. Jorge Lam, who was in charge of operations in Lima until this week. General Cesar Cervantes, with The post Sagasti sends top police brass into […]

  • President Francisco Sagasti to steer government towards next year’s elections
    by Andean Air Mail & PERUVIAN TIMES on November 18, 2020

    A stormy week of protests and backroom politics began last Monday with the impeachment of President Martin Vizcarra and ended on Sunday with the forced resignation of five-day-President Manuel Merino. Late the following day, members of the nine political parties in Congress finally reached a consensus, and a solid majority The post President Francisco […]

  • Peru's week of protests – in pictures
    on November 17, 2020

    Peru’s capital is reeling from an intense week of pro-democracy protests marked by accusations of police brutality. The impeachment of former president Martín Vizcarra unleashed nationwide demonstrations and what analysts have called Peru’s worst political crisis in more than a decade Continue reading...

  • Peru's congress elects Francisco Sagasti as new interim president
    by Dan Collyns in Lima on November 16, 2020

    Appointment expected to ease tensions on the streets after protests over ousting of Martín VizcarraPeru’s congress has elected a new interim president after nearly 24 hours without a head of state as the country reels from an intense week of pro-democracy protests marked by accusations of police brutality.Francisco Sagasti, an industrial engineer and […]

  • Interim president of Peru steps down after two protesters killed
    by Dan Collyns in Lima on November 15, 2020

    Manuel Merino’s exit follows fury sparked by shootings at pro-democracy rallyThe interim president of Peru, Manuel Merino, has stepped down amid nationwide fury over the killing of two protesters in a brutally heavy-handed police clampdown on huge pro-democracy demonstrations on Saturday.In a televised address to the nation, Merino announced his […]

  • Protesters clash with police in Peru's largest demonstration in decades – video
    on November 15, 2020

    At least 30 protesters were detained during big pro-democracy demonstrations in Peru, with multiple reports of heavy-handed treatment of largely peaceful attendees. The health ministry reported two protesters were killed and more than 30 people were being treated for injuries on Saturday after nearly a week of unrest over the controversial removal of […]

  • Interim Peru president faces calls to quit after two protest deaths
    by Dan Collyns in Lima on November 15, 2020

    Nationwide fury mounts over brutal clampdown against pro-democracy demonstrationsThe interim president of Peru, Manuel Merino, is under mounting pressure to step down amid nationwide fury over the killing of two protesters in a brutally heavy-handed police clampdown on huge pro-democracy demonstrations.News of the death of two men in their 20s from gunshot […]

  • Merino government crumbles following two deaths in protest marches
    by Andean Air Mail & PERUVIAN TIMES on November 15, 2020

    Two young men dead, over 100 people injured and 41 people reported missing was the toll of yesterday’s protest march in Lima, when police used excessive force against generally peaceful protesters downtown. Within hours, three cabinet members handed in their resignations.  By midnight, another 10 had resigned, barely two days The post Merino government […]

  • 'All of Peru is fired up': protesters fill streets after ousting of president
    by Reuters in Lima on November 13, 2020

    Fierce clashes with police leave at least 11 woundedBiggest demonstrations in two decades follow impeachmentFierce clashes in Peru between police and protesters have wounded at least 11 people, doctors and rights groups said on Friday, as thousands of Peruvians took to the streets to protest against the ousting of President Martín Vizcarra.The clashes, and […]

  • Peru's new president accused of coup after ousting of predecessor
    by Dan Collyns on November 10, 2020

    Hundreds protested the swearing in of Manuel Merino, a key figure in orchestrating Martín Vizcarra’s impeachmentThe head of Peru’s Congress has been sworn as president after his predecessor was controversially ousted in a congressional vote late on Monday, prompting accusations of a coup.The removal of the popular president Martín Vizcarra comes as […]

  • Peruvians take to the streets to protest against president's ousting – video
    by Stephanie Bosset on November 10, 2020

    Protests erupted in the Peruvian capital, Lima, following the surprise ousting of President Martín Vizcarra, who lost an impeachment vote he had been expected to survive. Allegations of corruption marred Vizcarra's presidency in the last few months, culminating in the vote. Vizcarra said he would not challenge the decision, but Peruvians took to the […]

  • New President, Manuel Merino, sworn in today following ousting of Martin Vizcarra
    by Andean Air Mail & PERUVIAN TIMES on November 10, 2020

      The president of Congress, Manuel Merino, is to be sworn in as President of Peru this morning at 10am, following the votes 105 lawmakers cast yesterday evening to impeach and oust President Martin Vizcarra. The impeachment is being described by critics as a coup and a flagrant violation of The post New President, Manuel Merino, sworn in today following […]

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