Ollanta Wins!

Ollanta Humala-pisco sour

On Sunday, Ollanta Humala defeated Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of a populist former president, by 51.5% to 48.5%.  Mr. Humala was an unpopular candidate amongst the middle to upper class citizens of Peru because when he ran in the previous election he aligned himself with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.  This time around, he reinvented himself as a centrist candidate.  He modelled himself on Brazil’s social-democratic former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

People frightened that he will create a new government to benefit him and pull a Chavez must remain optimistic because Mr Humala’s leftist coalition has only 47 of the 130 seats in Congress. Mr Toledo, whose party has 21 seats, is well placed to help—and to put limits on change.  A system of checks and balances will help even the playing field.

Just this past week Mr. Humala said that the United States is a strategic partner for Peru’s continuous growth.  Analyst believe that he is likely to follow Brazil’s lead in South America.   With this in mind, I am excited to see the growth and prosperity that Peru will hopefully enjoy in the next five years of his term.   He has said he will crack down on the mining industry that is plagued with informal business practices and illegal maneuvers.

Mr Humala has an extraordinary opportunity to be a successful president, hopefully he doesn’t engage in the corruption that is so prevalent in South America and really the biggest weakness of Peru.

After all is said and done, it seems like a promising time for Peru and Pisco.  Pisco is a product that represents Peru all over the world and Humala would be silly and downright stupid to try and minimize export.  Rest assured my friends, Pisco will continue to pour out of Peru!

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