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2006-07-26 07:29:04

By Robin Emmott PUNO, Peru (Reuters) - President-elect Alan Garcia takes office on Friday warning Peru is a "time bomb" that could explode into crippling protests if his government cannot combine its pro-business agenda with cutting chronic poverty. Garcia, who is anxious to make amends for his disastrous first term in 1985-1990 that sparked economic collapse, faces the huge challenge of delivering the benefits of Peru's unprecedented economic growth since 2002, while keeping...

2006-06-05 13:30:21

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Alan Garcia, Peru's new president-elect, pledges to do what few Latin American leaders have achieved: seduce Wall Street with prudent policies and simultaneously lift millions out of poverty. In a sign of the optimism surrounding Garcia, who aims to atone for his disastrous 1985-1990 presidency, stocks in Lima surged 2 percent on Monday, thrilled by his pledges of strong economic growth and a low budget deficit. Peru's foreign bonds also...

2006-06-04 10:41:15

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peruvians began to vote on Sunday in a presidential run-off pitting a former leader who brought on economic ruin in the 1980s against an ex-army nationalist promising a revolution against the rich. Polls show center-left former President Alan Garcia is likely to beat Ollanta Humala in a bitterly fought election that has included street fights, egg-throwing and a shootout between rival supporters. Peruvians are expected to choose Garcia --...

2006-06-03 23:56:39

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peruvians looked set to elect former leader Alan Garcia by a narrow margin in a presidential runoff on Sunday but with almost a tenth of voters undecided, pollsters gave ex-army nationalist Ollanta Humala an outside chance of victory. Following a campaign that included fights, egg-throwing and a shootout between rival supporters, voters must choose between Humala's promises of a revolution for the half of Peru's 27 million people who are poor...

2006-06-02 12:11:47

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Leftist former President Alan Garcia is seen winning Peru's presidential election on Sunday, even though his advantage over nationalist former army commander Ollanta Humala has shrunk, pollsters said on Friday. A University of Lima poll showed Garcia taking 55.9 percent of the vote and Humala 44.1 percent while a CPI poll gave Garcia 53.8 percent and Humala 46.2 percent. Pollsters met with members of the foreign press on Friday to distribute their latest...

2006-06-02 00:56:48

By Fiona Ortiz LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peru should not let itself fall behind its neighbors by adopting extremist ideologies, leading presidential candidate Alan Garcia told more than 20,000 supporters at a rally closing his campaign before Sunday's vote. In a huge downtown square under Lima's imposing Palace of Justice building, the former president paced a stage draped in his party's red-and-white colors during a 75 minute improvised speech Thursday night in which he said Peru must...

2006-05-28 11:52:43

By Robin Emmott and Maria Luisa Palomino LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Ex-President Alan Garcia held a strong lead over his nationalist rival Ollanta Humala in the race for Peru's presidency a week before the runoff, but undecided voters could still alter the result, two polls showed on Sunday. An Apoyo survey commissioned by conservative newspaper El Comercio showed Garcia would receive 55 percent of votes in the June 4 runoff, compared to 45 percent for Humala. That was a one-percentage...

2006-05-24 12:27:02

By Robin Emmott PISCO, Peru (Reuters) - Alan Garcia, who left Peru economically ruined when he led the country two decades ago, is now ahead in polls for the June presidential runoff but is still fighting hard to convince voters he wants "responsible change." Canvassing for votes along Peru's southern coast, Garcia pledged to renegotiate Peru's recently signed free-trade accord with the United States to benefit farmers, offered credit for the region's depressed industries and said...

2006-05-21 23:45:27

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Ex-President Alan Garcia maintained his lead over retired army commander Ollanta Humala in the race for Peru's presidency, a poll showed on Sunday. Garcia, who is seen as the more business-friendly candidate despite his 1985-1990 government that left Peru in economic ruin, has 56 percent of voter support in the June 4 run-off, versus 44 percent for Humala, the Apoyo poll said. The poll, which was commissioned by one of Peru's most-watched TV stations, America,...

2006-05-03 16:24:58

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Conservative lawmaker Lourdes Flores, whom investors saw as the best candidate for Peru's $75 billion economy, admitted defeat on Wednesday in the first round of the country's April 9 election after a fight for a runoff place. Almost all the ballots have been tallied from the April 9 vote and there are too few left to give Flores an advantage over former President Alan Garcia, officials said. Humala won the first round with 30.62 percent, or 3.75 million...


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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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