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Sunday, March 11

Retrospective SpeakOut.com - Peru's Second Round: A Political Revolution Revisited: "In doing so they have fallen into a kind of false triumphalism, celebrating the end of military oligarchies and radical Marxist populism. What we have not understood is that what has triumphed is a special, highly authoritarian form of democracy, which relies not on parties and legislatures, but on a strong presidency led by a populist outsider who proclaims his ability to bring about change without the devious incompetence of party democracy. This new democracy is baffling in many ways, not least for the fact that its leaders are largely unknown and untested." Former US Ambassador Anthony Quainton wrote this piece in May last year. He had another article, Where do we go from here? after Fujimori stole the runoff.

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