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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...

2006-04-30 12:50:41

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales invited nationalist Peruvian candidate Ollanta Humala on Sunday to visit Bolivia, after Peru withdrew its ambassador to Caracas over Venezuela's comments backing Humala in its presidential election. Peru will hold a runoff vote in late May or early June, almost certainly between Humala, a former army commander who has pledged to redistribute Peru's wealth, and former President Alan Garcia. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a...

2006-04-29 20:47:31

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peru said on Saturday it withdrew its ambassador to Venezuela over "persistent and flagrant interference" in the country's domestic affairs by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In a statement, the Peruvian government cited comments on Friday by Chavez that he favored the election of populist Ollanta Humala as Peru's next president. Chavez also threatened to cut relations with Peru if former President Alan Garcia won the upcoming runoff.

2006-04-28 03:18:28

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The Philippine government and Muslim rebels will sign a deal next month on ancestral rights, paving the way for a final peace pact by September, the Philippine foreign secretary said on Friday. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been fighting for an independent state for Muslims on the southern island of Mindanao, although a truce has held since July 2003. Negotiators from the two sides, meeting in Malaysia, in February agreed to a preliminary deal...

2006-04-16 14:16:03

By Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) - The gap between two candidates battling for a runoff spot in Peru's presidential race narrowed on Sunday as votes cast abroad moved conservative Lourdes Flores closer behind left-leaning former president Alan Garcia. With 89.5 percent of votes counted from the April 9 election, nationalist former army commander Ollanta Humala, who has said he will give the state more control over the economy, was in first place with 30.9 percent of the vote and...

2006-04-13 20:30:45

By Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Heading to class, law student Jacques Koffi makes his morning stop at a roadside news stand to cast an eye over the front pages of Ivory Coast's papers -- a barometer of tension in the war-divided country. "This reassures me," he said, gesturing to the tales of political tiffs and routine government business which have begun to take the place of hysterical rumors of rebel attacks. "Sometimes the headlines make you feel sick with worry, but there's...

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....