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2006-04-06 20:57:07

By Patricia Zengerle AREQUIPA, Peru (Reuters) - Thousands of brightly clad Peruvians rallied to mark the formal end of campaigning on Thursday as pollsters said nationalist Ollanta Humala remained ahead in the presidential race but was unlikely to win in the first round. In Arequipa, in southern Peru where the front-running retired army commander's support is strongest, the central Plaza de Armas was so crowded with thousands of Humala supporters that some hung in trees and from...

2006-04-06 14:20:43

By Patricia Zengerle LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - There have been disturbances during Peru's closely contested presidential election campaign, but not in the streets. This year, the unrest is within the towers of Lima's business districts and the walls surrounding its upscale homes. Promising to wrestle Peru's wealth away from the country's upper class, former army commander Ollanta Humala has risen to first place in most polls before the April 9 vote, tapping into the anger of the half...

2006-04-06 10:14:08

By Maria Luisa Palomino LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Conservative presidential candidate Lourdes Flores has gained ground on her nationalist rival Ollanta Humala to tie for the lead in Peru's election on Sunday, a new poll showed on Thursday. Flores, who is pro-business and was the front-runner in the polls until mid-February, saw her voter support rise slightly to 27.6 percent, according to a CPI poll. However, that figure is less than the 50 percent of voter support needed to avoid a...

2006-04-05 11:30:41

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - A radical nationalist, a leftist ex-president with a dire economic record and a former legislator vying to be Peru's first female president face off at the polls on Sunday, with pledges to end the country's chronic poverty as the common rallying cry. But with no candidate likely to garner the 50 percent support needed to win outright, the April 9 election has become a battle to make it through to a run-off between the top two placed candidates...

2006-04-02 14:12:22

By Patricia Zengerle CALLAO, Peru (Reuters) - Lourdes Flores is struggling to convince Peru's poor that she is their candidate, and not just the favorite of investors, as the conservative seeks to become the country's first woman president. Flores, who has slipped to second place in opinion polls behind Ollanta Humala, a nationalist campaigning to increase state control of business, spent the weekend trying to show she represents more than Peru's coastal, Europe-descended elite....

2006-04-02 11:35:20

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Support for nationalist front-runner Ollanta Humala fell slightly, according to a new poll on Sunday, a week ahead of a presidential election in Peru that appears headed for a runoff. Thirty-one percent of voters support Humala, who is campaigning to restrict foreign investment, according to the respected Apoyo poll published in the newspaper El Comercio, compared with 33 percent a week earlier. The former army officer, who promises a...

2006-04-02 10:08:39

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Nationalist Ollanta Humala held first place in the race for Peru's presidency, but his support slipped slightly to 31 percent, a new poll said on Sunday, a week before the vote, and the election appeared headed for a runoff. Thirty-one percent of voters support Humala, according to the Apoyo poll published in the newspaper El Comercio, compared with 33 percent a week earlier. The former army officer remains well below the 50 percent support he would need on...

2006-03-28 18:17:05

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Nationalist candidate Ollanta Humala, campaigning to increase state control over the economy, is leading polls ahead of Peru's presidential election on April 9, a Datum survey showed on Tuesday. Datum reported that 31 percent of voters polled said they plan to vote for Humala, up 5 percentage points from mid-March, while support for center-right lawyer Lourdes Flores slipped 1 point to 26 percent. In third place is former center-left President Alan Garcia,...

2006-03-28 08:15:00

By Robin Emmott AYACUCHO, Peru (Reuters) - Business has rarely been slower at Marlene Quispe's underwear shop in the central Andes as the only thing that the rows of socks and bras seem to attract nowadays is dust from the street outside. As Peru's economy is set to record its fifth consecutive year of strong growth in 2006 -- a feat almost unheard of in the country's cyclical boom and bust history -- ordinary Peruvians say they are seeing little or no benefit, making the economy a central...

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2006-03-27 08:25:00

By Robin Emmott PICHARI, Peru -- At the orders of their mayor, artisans in Peru's jungle recently put the finishing touches on a giant monument to the coca leaf, a defiant tribute to the plant that fuels the cocaine trade and provides a living for thousands of Peruvian peasants. The concrete monument in the impoverished central jungle hamlet of Pichari, which the town hall aims to unveil next month, underscores growing rural support for coca leaf, which was declared illegal in a 1961 U.N...


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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.