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Protests, resignations, a flu outbreak: Tough times for Peru's leader
Protests, resignations, a flu outbreak: Tough times for Peru's leader

LIMA, Peru -- Nobody said it was going to be easy, and it rarely is for Peru’s presidents. But Ollanta Humala, who recently completed his second year in office, is facing an unusual array of challenges, including protests, cabinet resignations and to top it off, an outbreak of a deadly flu virus. The combination, particularly ongoing protests against mining projects, have caused Humala’s popularity to plummet and weakened his political agenda. Humala, a former army officer, had counted on taxes and royalties from the stalled projects to fund social programs. On Wednesday, 8,500 doctors in the public health system joined a 20-day national health workers’ strike on the...

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