Sunday, June 22

Andean Leaders Under Siege

Popular Discontent Threatens Fragile Democracies: "Although Toledo blames his poor image on an overly critical press, he continues to confound even his supporters by his choices, including his decision to deliver the commencement address this week at Stanford University, where the former shoeshine boy earned a PhD in education. He traveled to California by presidential plane over fierce objections from Congress that the trip was frivolous at a time when the country is still under a declared state of emergency. The 30-day decree expires June 27." Washington Post The point of the story is that President Alejandro Toledo has only himself to blame for the plight of his government. It's simply a question of managment (or lack of it). And Peruvians have to accept three more years of it.

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