The Authoritarian State and the Resurgence of Civil Society
The collapse of the Fujimori government in November 2000 was surprising in many respects. Just a few months earlier, Fujimori had weathered massive street protests and international condemnation over the fraudulent electoral process that ultimately resulted in his securing a third term in office. International pressure initially prevented the Fujimori regime from securing electoral victory through fraudulent means in the April 2000 first round elections. But despite ongoing protests and the withdrawal of international election observers, who charged that there were insufficient guarantees for a free and fair electoral process, second round elections were held in May. Fujimori ran unopposed and, with 74 percent of the valid vote, was sworn in to a third term as president on July 28, 2000.
KeywordsCivil Society Electoral Process Political Violence Civil Society Group Constitutional Court
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