A profile of Pedro Castillo.
Pedro Castillo has emerged as the unexpected winner of Peru’s 2021 presidential election. A schoolteacher far removed from the political establishment, his victory had led to concerns about what his presidency would look like and, indeed, whether it would last a full term. His challenge to the status quo has the political class deeply rattled.
- A Castillo government can be expected to increase company taxation, especially in the all-important mining sector.
- Most businessmen will prefer to wait and see what his government will bring before seeking to subvert it.
- If he moves far to the centre, Castillo will open up space for criticism on the left, not least from his own party.