Peru’s president tries to bow out early

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Gideon Long in Lima

In a region where presidents often cling to power as long as they can, Martín Vizcarra has a different idea.

Mr Vizcarra, who has been in office for a year and a half, announced last month that he would seek to end his term a year early, taking Congress with him. He said Peruvians deserved the chance to renew their corruption-tainted political class and embark on “a new era”.