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After Peru's president, regional anti-corruption wave finds next targets

Peruvian President after announcing his resignation
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski leaving the Palace of Government in Lima shortly before his resignation, on March 21, 2018. Photo: Luka Gonzales / AFP via Getty Images

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned as president of Peru on March 23, after videos revealed his attempts to bribe political opposition members ahead of a vote on his impeachment. The former investment banker was involved with two financial firms that had alleged contacts with Odebrecht, the infamously corrupt Brazilian construction company.

Why it matters: Kuczysnki is the latest casualty of a growing anti-corruption wave sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean, and he's unlikely to be the last. While the backlash might finally herald the end of the era of political impunity in the region, it could also have uncertain and harmful consequences for democratic stability and due process.