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Monday, May 21

Yahoo / AP Leader Puts Peru on Healthy Path: "His mandate was to provide clean elections, root out the corruption left by Fujimori's fugitive intelligence adviser, Vladimiro Montesinos, and guide the country until a new president could be elected and sworn in the following July. The difference is striking. In contrast to the years that Fujimori dominated Congress, the courts and most of Peruvian society, soft-spoken Paniagua has ruled by consensus and the law." Some critics say that Valetin Paniagua is too wishy-washy, which is why he has been able to glide through the last six months -- he doesn't take strong stands or confront entrenched interests. But then, those qualities were not in the job description of interim president.

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