Magazine article New Internationalist

Marco Arana Zegarra

Magazine article New Internationalist

Marco Arana Zegarra

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The elections in Peru this past April showed a surprising, if modest, resurgence of the radical Left. The poll was supposed to be about either propelling into power Keiko Fujimori - the daughter of a disgraced former president with authoritarian leanings - or keeping her out at all costs. As it turned out, Fujimori went down in flames and another conservative candidate scraped in a coalition of Leftforces led by Veronika Mendoza. Meanwhile, Marco Arana came out of nowhere to finish a close third in the first presidential round, and his party Frente Amplio ended up with 20 seats in the Peruvian Congress.

Arana, a 52-year-old former priest, hails from Peru's environmental and anti-mining movements, where he has often been a target for big extractive companies and their political acolytes. …

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