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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...

2006-05-30 08:25:42

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - A nationalist pledging revolution for the poor and an ex-president promising to atone for economic ruin in his first term vie for Peru's presidency on Sunday in an election many analysts say is too close too call. A weekend survey by Peru's most respected pollster Apoyo showed former President Alan Garcia beating ex-army commander Ollanta Humala by 55 percent to 45 percent. But a simulation vote by Apoyo, in which voters' preferences were...

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...

2006-05-22 10:49:20

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Retired army commander Ollanta Humala, who is trailing ex-President Alan Garcia in voter opinion polls, won a weekend presidential debate for which he was late and delayed its start, polls said on Monday. Fifty-three percent of Peruvians who watched the debate said Humala won and 47 percent said Garcia was the victor, according to an Internet survey by Peru's leading newspaper El Comercio that polled 4,400 people. Polls by nationwide radio stations RPP and CPN...

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,...

2006-05-14 13:27:13

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Nationalist Ollanta Humala has narrowed the gap on ex-President Alan Garcia's lead in the runoff for Peru's presidency but the number of undecided voters who could determine the election has risen, 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 runoff, versus 44 percent for Humala, the Apoyo poll said. That...

2006-05-04 16:12:05

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez withdrew his country's ambassador to Peru after Lima recalled its envoy as a fierce dispute over U.S. free trade agreements rattled the Andean region. Chavez, a left-winger locked in a stand-off with Washington, made his announcement after Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo appealed to the Organization of American States to prevent Chavez interfering in Peru's election. The spat between Caracas and...

2006-05-03 17:31:19

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Two leftist candidates will face off in Peru's run-off presidential election on June 4, highlighting the backlash against free market policies and foreign investors in an unstable Andean region. Center-left former President Alan Garcia will face nationalist Ollanta Humala, a former army lieutenant colonel, Peru's National Election Board announced on Wednesday. Conservative lawmaker Lourdes Flores, who was in a tight race with Garcia for a...

2006-05-03 17:41:24

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Evo Morales' sudden energy nationalization in Bolivia could fuel growing demands for an end to the free-market economic policies that have done little to ease grinding poverty across the Andean region. For Bolivia's indigenous majority, this week's nationalization decree and troop deployment at gas fields is the culmination of a struggle for the control of natural resources that is being played out in Ecuador and Peru too. It also comes...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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