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Peru’s Leader More Popular Than Ever After Shutting Congress

  • Martin Vizcarra’s approval rating jumps to 82% from 52%
  • Similar move by Alberto Fujimori in 1992 was hugely popular
Martin Vizcarra
Martin VizcarraPhotographer: Demetrius Freeman/Bloomberg
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Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra’s decision to dissolve Congress to end a long-running political feud has made him the country’s most popular leader in more than three decades.

Vizcarra’s approval rating soared to 82% from 52% last month, according to a poll by Lima-based Datum Internacional poll published in Gestion and Peru21 newspapers on Thursday. His decision to shut the legislative body was supported by 85% of those questioned while 74% said it will be beneficial for the country.