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2006-04-12 16:33:19

By Kevin Gray LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - When construction worker Luis Garcia cast his ballots in Peru's last two presidential elections, he was swayed by candidates some people derisively called the "unknown." "I don't fear people without political experience," he said. "It's the traditional politician who worries me. I know what he does: represent the rich at the expense of the poor." In recent years, Peruvians have shown a penchant for choosing political newcomers as president....

2006-04-12 12:59:35

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Peru signed a free trade agreement on Wednesday, setting the stage for a potentially tough fight in Congress unless the Bush administration offers Democrats stronger assurances that Lima will abide by international labor standards. "This agreement with Peru is instrumental in our strategy to advance prosperity within our hemisphere," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing...

2006-04-11 16:50:48

By Robin Emmott and Kevin Gray LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Left-leaning former President Alan Garcia, whose rule ended in economic ruin, led his pro-business rival on Tuesday in a battle for a runoff spot in Peru's election, sending local markets tumbling. With almost 85 percent of Sunday's vote counted, nationalist former army commander Ollanta Humala was first with 30.8 percent. He appeared poised to advance to a May or early June runoff since no candidate won a majority. Garcia, whose...

2006-04-11 14:53:46

By Robin Emmott and Kevin Gray LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Left-leaning former President Alan Garcia, whose rule ended in economic ruin, led his pro-business rival Lourdes Flores on Tuesday in a battle for the second runoff spot in Peru's presidential election. With more than 84 percent of Sunday's vote counted, nationalist former army commander Ollanta Humala was first with 30.9 percent. He appeared poised to advance to a May or early June runoff since no candidate won a majority....

2006-04-11 09:43:52

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Leftist former president Alan Garcia pulled farther ahead of pro-business rival Lourdes Flores on Tuesday in the battle for the second runoff spot in Peru's presidential election. With more than 83 percent of the vote counted, nationalist former army commander Ollanta Humala held his lead in the race with 30.84 percent. He appeared poised to advance to a May or early June runoff since no candidate won a majority. Garcia, whose 1985-1990 rule ended in...

2006-04-10 17:45:27

By Kevin Gray LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Nationalist Ollanta Humala, who has rallied the poor but angered the rich with pledges to redistribute Peru's wealth, led the presidential election on Monday and was likely headed to a runoff. With about 76 percent of the vote counted, Humala, a 43-year-old former army commander and ally of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, had 29.7 percent, election officials said. Two other candidates were locked in a close race to determine who would...

2006-04-10 14:39:11

By Kevin Gray LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Nationalist Ollanta Humala, who has rallied the poor but angered the rich with pledges to redistribute Peru's wealth, led the presidential election on Monday and was likely headed to a runoff. With more than 72 percent of the vote counted, Humala, a 43-year-old former army commander and ally of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, had 29.46 percent, election officials said. Two other candidates were locked in a close race to determine who...

2006-04-10 10:40:40

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Ollanta Humala, a former army commander who has polarized Peru with his calls to redistribute its wealth to the poor, led the presidential election in a tight three-way race, official results showed on Monday. With nearly 67 percent of the votes tallied, Humala, an ally of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, had 28.7 percent. Pro-business conservative Lourdes Flores was second with 25.78 percent, followed by left-of-center former...

2006-04-10 08:43:13

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Ollanta Humala, a former army commander who campaigned to put Peru's economy in state hands, held a slim lead on Monday in a three-way race for president, official results showed. With nearly 59 percent of votes counted, Humala, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez vowing a revolution to redistribute Peru's wealth to the poor, had 28.1 percent of valid votes, excluding marred and blank ballots, Peru's election authority said....

2006-04-10 08:04:08

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Ollanta Humala, a former army commander who campaigned to put Peru's economy in state hands, held a slim lead on Monday in a three-way race for president, official results showed. With nearly 59 percent of the vote counted, Peru's election authority said Humala, who has vowed a revolution to redistribute Peru's wealth to the Andean poor, had 24.9 percent. Pro-business conservative Lourdes Flores was second with 23.4 percent, followed by...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'