'New Directions in Peruvian Politics' with Javier Diez Canseco

19 September 2011

Date: 14th October 2011

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Venue: Senate House, Room 102, London, WC1E 7HU

The recent electoral victory of Ollanta Humala's Gana Perú party appears to have signalled a shift in Peru's political direction. Whereas the outgoing administration's support base was largely found amongst the more affluent in the country's capital, Gana Perú gained most of its votes from disaffected groups in the poorer Andean and Amazonian regions.

Since assuming office in July the new government has implemented a series of reforms, including a windfall tax on mining firms and legislation on consultation with indigenous groups, designed to improve the standing of the country's poorest.

The Peru Support Group is proud to announce that JAVIER DIEZ CANSECO, a Gana Perú congressman and long-standing human rights advocate, will be coming to the UK in October to give a talk on the above policy initiatives. During the discussion, kindly hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Americas, Javier will highlight key areas for reform over the next five years and provide an insight into political dynamics within the Humala administration.

About the speaker:

JAVIER DIEZ CANSECO is a Peruvian politician, political analyst, human rights advocate and anti corruption activist. He has been elected to Congress on seven occasions, once serving as the institution's vice-president.

Affected by polio when he was a child, he has extensive experience of working with organisations promoting rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. He was responsible for designing legislation on disability and was chairman of Congress’ Special Studies Commission on Disabilities between 2002 and 2006.

In 2006 he stood as candidate for the presidency with Peru's Socialist Party. He is currently a Congressman for the ruling Gana Perú party.


To register for this event please either contact us at info@perusupportgroup.org.uk or 0207 263 1016. Alternatively, you can register by marking yourself as 'attending' on the Facebook event page.

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