Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Political Turmoil

Many of you might have heard or read about the political crisis here. The governing cabinet (here we have a modified parliamentary system, sort of a cross between the U.S. and the U.K.) - with the exception of the president - has just been forced to resign en masse. This was due to the discovery of large scale corruption in the energy sector. There were secret recordings of cabinet members and representatives of foreign businesses, bribery, etc. The new Prime minister is a leftist, who has "served time in jail for alleged links to left-wing rebels" (BBC News). There is much unrest and inflation is on the rise.
This is a two edged sword. People now are more ready than ever to speak of spiritual things (!) but the increasing unrest has led to some violence. Including the first large-scale attack by remnants of the Shining Path that killed several police and innocent civilians.
Please pray that the situation calms down and that we can continue to work in peace here.
Blessings,
Mike