Recently Peru's former President, Alberto Fujimori, was pardoned by the current president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The human rights abuses aside, I am surprised that Peru's political elite seem to have remarkably diverse ancestry. According to this list of Peruvian presidents, since Peru became democratic there have been a variety of backgrounds represented in the highest office.
In contrast the country generally seems relatively homogeneous; 82% are Amerindian (45%) or Mestizo (37% native-European mix; the latter mostly Spanish).
- Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (German Jewish-Swiss French)
- Ollanta Humala (Quechua-Italian)
- Alan García (?)
- Alejandro Toledo (Quechua)
- Valentín Paniagua (?)
- Alberto Fujimori (Japanese)
- Alan García Pérez (?)
- Fernando Belaúnde Terry (Spanish)
Is the ethnic diversity of Peru's presidents unique? Especially when compared to other Latin American nations.
If so, why? What has made Peru's ruling elite so accessible?