LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian judge has ordered that former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski be jailed for up to three years as authorities investigate his alleged involvement in a corruption...
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week.
Peru’s ex-president Kuczynski hospitalized after jailing
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has been hospitalized days after he was detained as part of a money laundering probe into his ties to the company at the heart of...
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Prosecutors in Peru are asking a judge to keep former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski behind bars as he is investigated for suspected money laundering related to Latin America's...
Judge orders detention of former Peruvian president
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian judge on Wednesday ordered the 10-day detention of former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski as part of a money laundering probe into his consulting work for the company...
Peru medical board says Fujimori fit to return to jail
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A medical board has determined that former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori is healthy enough to return to jail and finish a long sentence for his role in the killing of 25 people.
Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori on humanitarian grounds in 2017 in what many saw as an attempt to stave off impeachment by courting Fujimori's allies in Congress.
Judge frees Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori was freed by an appeals judge late Wednesday, a week after she was arrested in an ongoing money laundering investigation.
The daughter of former strongman Alberto Fujimori cried as the judge read aloud his ruling Wednesday night. Several critics heckled Fujimori as she left the courthouse.
Peru’s president soars as he channels anger over corruption
CALEMAR, Peru (AP) — Martin Vizcarra stepped down from a military helicopter into a small Peruvian jungle village where no president had ventured before.
Donning thick-soled boots, he journeyed across the banks of an Amazonian tributary to inaugurate a new bridge replacing a rope-and-basket system people had used for decades to cross the churning current below.
"If you've always been forgotten, that's changed," Vizcarra said to applause. "From now on, you have a president who cares."
Peru president sets date for anti-corruption referendum
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has set a Dec. 9 date for a national referendum on anti-corruption measures.
One proposal would ban consecutive re-election of lawmakers. Another would ensure that only lawyers can be on a committee that selects judges and prosecutors.
Peru court overturns pardon of ex-leader Fujimori
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a medical pardon for former President Alberto Fujimori and ordered the strongman be returned to jail to serve out a long sentence for human rights abuses.
Peru’s Congress backs referendum after threat of closure
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Facing closure, Peru's Congress has backed a proposal for a referendum on anti-corruption measures.
The vote late Wednesday by the opposition-dominated Congress represents something of a truce with President Martin Vizcarra, who had threatened to use his constitutional powers to dissolve the house unless it went along with his plan.
Peru president faces standoff with congress over referendum
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's president is facing a standoff with lawmakers over his call for a referendum on anti-corruption measures.
In a televised speech Sunday night, President Martin Vizcarra ordered the opposition-dominated congress to hold a special session Wednesday to debate his proposal.
If they block it in a no-confidence vote, Vizcarra will then be empowered by Peru's constitution to dissolve congress, something he has already threatened.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The head of Peru's judicial branch resigned Thursday in the wake of a mounting corruption scandal involving secret phone recordings capturing numerous judges making behind-the-scenes deals on everything from promotions to criminal sentences.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A high court in Peru ruled Thursday that former President Ollanta Humala and his wife must be freed from prison while prosecutors investigate their alleged involvement in multimillion-dollar kickback schemes.
Humala and Nadine Heredia were sent to separate prisons last summer as prosecutors investigated them for allegedly taking money from Odebrecht, the Brazil-based multinational construction company that has admitted to bribing dozens of politicians in Latin America.
Pence’s office confuses Peru’s president ahead of summit
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Some bad habits die hard when it comes to U.S. politicians traveling to Latin America.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine judge on Tuesday charged a former planning minister in a case involving Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company at the center of a widespread Latin American corruption scandal.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — New President Martin Vizcarra swore in a Cabinet on Monday that aims to continue the pro-business policies of his disgraced predecessor while seeking to ease political tensions.
Vizcarra's key political operator will be Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva, a former governor and lawmaker who promised a government focused on resolving social problems in Peru's long-neglected interior.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian official says new President Martin Vizcarra will continue to ban Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from attending a regional summit next month.
The decision to exclude Maduro from the Summit of Americas was taken by former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Peru takes ex-president’s passport amid corruption probe
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian judge on Saturday barred recently resigned President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from leaving the South American nation for 18 months while he is investigated for possible money laundering.
The ruling came a day after congress accepted Kuczynski's resignation and swore in Vice President Martin Vizcarra as his successor.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's new president has scarce experience governing but is known as a consensus builder who might have a shot at bridging divides after one of the most-bitter political crises in the Andean nation's recent history.
Martin Vizcarra is a 55-year-old engineer by training whose four years as governor of a sparsely populated region in southern Peru was his most significant experience in political leadership as he was sworn into office Friday.
What’s next for Peru after president’s resignation
LIMA, Peru (AP) — After months of political upheaval in Peru, congress has accepted the resignation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and a heretofore-little-known former governor has been sworn in as president.
Martin Vizcarra will lead a nation where a vast majority of voters no longer have faith in their elected officials and a congress dominated by lawmakers loyal to the daughter former strongman Alberto Fujimori.
Here's a look at what lies ahead for the Andean nation:
The Latest: US praises Peru political transition
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Peru's political crisis (all times local):
The United States says it "looks forward" to working with new Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra following his swearing in on Friday.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is praising Peru for its "constitutional transfer of power." She says Peru's adherence to its constitution "reflects its strength as a resilient democracy."
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offered his resignation to the Andean nation's congress, accusing opponents led by the daughter of former strongman Alberto Fujimori of plotting his overthrow for months and making it impossible to govern.
Lawmakers lambaste Peru’s president in bitter debate
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian lawmakers bitterly debated Thursday night over whether to accept President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's resignation offer, decrying him as one more in a long line of corrupt leaders who have deteriorated faith in the nation's leaders.
The heated discussion ran late into the night, then the session recessed for an expected vote Friday. If legislators accept the resignation, they are scheduled to swear in Vice President Martin Vizcarra as Kuczynski's replacement.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The latest on political turmoil in Peru (all times local):
Several thousand protesters gathered in Peru's capital say they are outraged not just at Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski but all of congress, which is debating whether to accept the leaders offer to resign amid allegations of wrongdoing.
The demonstrators are chanting "Throw them all out!" and demanding new elections. Some held up signs featuring photocopies of recent headlines like "Leaders of crime."
LIMA, Peru (AP) — He took office in 2016 as a political outsider boasting that his strong business credentials would buoy Peru's economy while sweeping away endemic corruption. But with his offer of resignation, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski joins a long list of recent Peruvian presidents undone by scandals that have destroyed voters' trust in their elected officials.
The Latest: Venezuelans revel at Peru president’s woes
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Latest on political turmoil in Peru (all times local):
One of socialist Venezuela's most powerful politicians has taken to Twitter to revel over the resignation of conservative Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Delcy Rodriguez tweeted that the resignation begins "the moral renewal of Latin America," calling Kuczynski a "nefarious character" and a "faithful representative and submissive ally of Donald Trump."
LIMA, Peru (AP) — With Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's resignation signed, the embattled leader's departure seems all but guaranteed.
The former Wall Street banker's exit would cap four months of political turmoil. Here's a look at what lies ahead for the Andean nation:
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
The powerful congress, dominated by opposition lawmakers, is expected to debate whether to accept Kuczynski's resignation Thursday.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offered his resignation Wednesday ahead of an impeachment vote, seeking to put an end to a fast-moving political drama playing out just three weeks before the Andean nation is set to host U.S. President Donald Trump for a regional summit.
AP Explains: Why is Peru’s president offering to resign?
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has offered his resignation to the country's congress after several of the conservative leader's allies were caught on secretly shot videos allegedly trying to buy the support of an opposition lawmaker. The political drama, coming three weeks before U.S. President Donald Trump is set to visit Peru for a regional summit, threatens to thrust the country into a period of political instability.
Clandestine videos roil Peru ahead of impeachment vote
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The revelation of secretly shot videos allegedly showing attempts to buy a lawmaker's political support has roiled Peru's political establishment two days before a scheduled impeachment vote against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and amid a bitter feud between two powerful children of a former leader.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's congress voted by a wide margin Thursday to reopen impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, thrusting the Andean nation into renewed political turmoil as it prepares to host President Donald Trump at a regional summit less than a month away.
President Trump will attend the Summit of the Americas in Peru next month, his first trip to Latin America, the White House said Saturday.
The summit will be held April 13-14, in Lima, Peru. Mr. Trump spoke on the phone with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski earlier this week about the summit and about restoring democracy in Venezuela.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said after the summit, Mr. Trump will travel to Colombia to meet with President Juan Manuel Santos.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Peru are renewing their effort to oust embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over his ties to the Brazilian construction giant implicated in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal.
Legislators introduced a measure Thursday calling for Kuczynski to be removed from his post on grounds of "moral incapacity."
Peru president signaled for taking money from Odebrecht
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Accusations of corruption again enveloped Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski after a high-ranking executive from scandal-plagued Brazilian builder Odebrecht allegedly said Wednesday that he contributed money to the leader's 2011 campaign.
The allegations against Kuczynski were made by a lawyer for opposition leader Keiko Fujimori who was present at a deposition Wednesday with Jorge Barata, the former head of Odebrecht in Peru.
Court: Pardoned Peru strongman Fujimori can be tried again
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A court in Peru has ruled that former strongman Alberto Fujimori can be tried in connection with a 1992 massacre despite his recent pardon from a 25-year jail sentence.
The decision Monday paves the way for Fujimori to stand trial again for crimes committed during his decade-long rule.
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori in December from a lengthy prison sentence for his role in the deaths of 25 Peruvians and sanctioning the use of military death squads.
Ex-strongman’s son in Peru to form own bloc in congress
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The son of former strongman Alberto Fujimori is creating his own bloc in Peru's congress after being kicked out of the party led by his sister, a move that significantly weakens the opposition's clout as it moves past its failed attempt to impeach the nation's president.
Peru party loyal to Fujimori expels ex-strongman’s son
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The political party loyal to former President Alberto Fujimori expelled the ex-strongman's son Tuesday as a rift widened between his two children over the party's botched attempt to oust Peru's current president in December.
Droves fill pope’s final Mass in restive Latin America trip
LIMA, Peru (AP) — More than 1 million people turned out Sunday for Pope Francis' final Mass in Peru, giving him a warm and heartfelt farewell that contrasted sharply with the outcry he caused in neighboring Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slandering a bishop.
Pope: Corruption is ‘social virus’ infecting Latin America
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders, several of whom are embroiled in the region's biggest graft scandal.
The Latest: Francis arrives in Peru for 4-day visit
IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to South America (all times local):
Pope Francis has landed in Peru for a four-day trip that will take him into the sweltering Amazon jungle to meet with indigenous communities and put him face-to-face with a president narrowly escaped impeachment in December.
Francis arrived in Lima Thursday afternoon after finishing a trip to Chile.
Peru’s pardoned ex-president hospitalized for observation
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's recently pardoned ex-President Alberto Fujimori has been taken from his home in the capital to a hospital for observation.
Family doctor Alejandro Aguinaga told the newspaper El Comercio that the 79-year-old Fujimori has an irregular heartbeat. A cardiologist examined Fujimori and recommended hospital care. He was moved to a hospital Sunday.
Current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori on Christmas Eve, freeing him from a 25-year prison sentence.
Thousands protest former president’s pardon in Peru
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of Peruvians are demonstrating against the medical pardon that freed former strongman Alberto Fujimori from a 25-year prison sentence.
Thursday night's protest in Lima marks the second time in less than a month that Peruvians have taken to the streets to protest the pardon granted by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Embattled Peruvian president names ‘reconciliation cabinet’
LIMA, Peru (AP) — President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski swore in new Cabinet ministers Tuesday, saying he will seek to bring reconciliation in Peru following his close brush with impeachment and controversial pardon of a former president convicted of human rights abuses.
The embattled president replaced nearly half of his 19-member Cabinet with new leaders from the public and private sector, though no one was named from the opposition party that spearheaded the impeachment campaign in December.
Pardoned leader says he dreams of Peru ‘without bitterness’
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former strongman Alberto Fujimori says he spent his first hours as a free man following his controversial Christmas Eve pardon dreaming of "a Peru without bitterness."
In his first public remarks since being released from a Lima health clinic, Fujimori on Saturday tweeted calls for Peruvians to set aside resentment following President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's decision to pardon his 25-year sentence on humanitarian grounds.
Former Peruvian strongman released from clinic after pardon
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori left the clinic Thursday where he has been receiving treatment since his controversial pardon from a 25-year jail sentence.
The 79-year-old former strongman departed in a wheelchair alongside his youngest son less than two weeks after President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his release.
Dressed in jeans and a blue polo shirt, Fujimori waved to a crowd of supporters gathered outside the clinic before entering a black SUV.
At least 48 dead when bus plunges onto rocky beach in Peru
LIMA, Peru (AP) — At least 48 people died when a bus tumbled down a cliff onto a rocky beach Tuesday along a narrow stretch of highway known as the "Devil's Curve," Peruvian police and fire officials said.
The bus carrying 57 people was headed to Peru's capital when it was struck by a tractor trailer shortly before noon and plunged down the slope, said Claudia Espinoza with Peru's voluntary firefighter brigade.
Peruvian writers denounce ‘shame’ of Fujimori pardon
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and 238 other Peruvian writers have signed an open letter denouncing a pardon granted to former President Alberto Fujimori, saying it covers their nation "in infamy and shame."
The letter released Saturday comes in response to President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's pre-Christmas pardon of Fujimori, who had been imprisoned for the killing of 25 Peruvians during his 10-year administration.