Esteemed economist Hernando de Soto has endorsed presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori in Peru’s 2016 elections. Fujimori presented de Soto as a member of her technical team at a campaign rally at the Sol de Oro mine in Marcona, Ica.
De Soto told the crowd of small-scale miners that he supported Fujimori’s pledge to repeal two laws passed by President Ollanta Humala aimed at curbing illegal mining, and that he would work with Fujimori to formalize informal miners with different initiatives.
De Soto’s endorsement of Keiko Fujimori’s candidacy was not much of a surprise given how closely he worked with her father, former President Alberto Fujimori, in the 1990s. De Soto endorsed Fujimori in her failed campaign against Humala in the 2011 runoff.
“In Keiko I see a person who is convinced that informality is cruel. It condemns to poverty and incites violence because it causes resentment,” de Soto told Correo. “I have found that Keiko is exceptional, which one may say is rare because she is so young. But a head of state does not need technical details so much as political management.”
De Soto agreed with Fujimori’s claim that Humala’s measures to register illegal miners had failed, and that a Fujimori would look to protect the environment by designing new incentives.
De Soto is the author of “The Other Path” and “The Mystery of Capital,” and the founder of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy. His hallmark contribution to modern economics has been the limiting effect of informal economies have on a nation’s production. De Soto’s research inspired the creation of the World Bank’s widely cited Ease of Doing Business rankings.
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