I don’t know how much of his agenda Castillo will be able to carry out, but there are some smaller scale positive changes he could make. One thing would be fixing La Riconada, a mining community which is the highest permanent settlement in the world and is basically hell on earth
“For 30 days in a row, they mine without receiving a wage. Then, on the 31st day, they're allowed to keep everything they find in the mine. ‘The problem is, though, that on the crucial day the men are usually sent to areas where there’s nothing to find.’”

Incredibly disgusting exploitation but something that you’d think would be very possible for the government to address.
I’d also like to see Castillo pardon Walter Aduviri, or lean on the JNE, or whatever is needed, so he can return to his post as Puno governor.
A commutation is also expected for Antauro Humala, having him free would be interesting at the very least

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