Play Sale to become president in a popular Peruvian card game
By Monica Martinez
Lima, May 7 (EFE) .- Buying media, being friendly with a corrupt judge, and hiding ill-generated money in a tax haven can help you quickly become Peru’s “president”, at least in a game of popular cards whose appeal stems from the deep distrust of citizens towards politicians of the Andean nation.
“Now it’s easier to win by being dishonest. It’s more true to life, ”creator Javier Zapata told Efe, referring to the latest version of“ Presidente ”.
Although it dates back two decades, the game has recently seen a revival thanks to some updates inspired by the country’s turbulent political scene and this year’s presidential election.
While a rival’s accusation of having illegitimate children and controlling the media are some of the classic dirty-tricks cards in the game, new cards have been added recently regarding the coronavirus era and impeachment. of a sitting president for dubious reasons.
“You were punished for the most dishonest games, but now it’s more realistic because dishonest game makes you progress much faster than being honest,” Zapata said.
A game for two to five players that takes no more than 20 minutes to play, the goal is to accumulate the most votes by “getting money and power”. Successful players take cheap hits on their rivals while protecting themselves from attacks from others, the creator said.
In the latest version of the game, for example, contestants rack up 7% of the vote, the highest amount possible in one coin, by taking control of the television networks, he said.
Another card reads, “I kick off half-finished projects,” reflecting low voter expectations.
An engineer for 10 years at an innovation and entrepreneurship center, he said today’s reality could be even darker. “We are now between a rock and a hard place. We are beyond “go ahead and fly, but execute public works projects” ”and have reached the point of“ don’t take too much away ”.
He was referring to the upcoming second round of the June 6 presidential election between a former right-wing first lady, Keiko Fujimori, who faces serious corruption charges; and leftist Pedro Castillo, some of whose proposals were deemed potentially unconstitutional by his critics.
New versions of the game, created in late 2000 when Keiko’s father Alberto Fujimori stepped down from the presidency amid a huge corruption scandal, were developed in subsequent election cycles to introduce new cards or modified.
For example, a card that initially said “an inexplicable bank account in Switzerland” has evolved over the years to “an inexplicable bank account in Costa Rica”, a reference to a money laundering investigation targeting former President Alejandro Toledo .
The card was then changed again to become the generic “an inexplicable bank account in a tax haven,” so it’s applicable in any case, Zapata said.
New cards have been added over the past year, one that references the impeachment and impeachment last November of then-President Martin Vizcarra, a popular centrist and anti-corruption crusader, over allegations corruption that he denied. His ouster, seen by many Peruvians as a legislative coup, sparked a wave of nationwide protests.
The latest version also includes a dreaded Covid-19 quarantine card that causes “everyone to lose their money,” including the person playing it, Zapata said. EFE
mmr / mc