Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Alberto Fujimori failed to win a seat in Japan's Upper House, according to The Asahi Shimbun.

Fujimori Non-Starter in Election



SANTIAGO, Chile--Alberto Fujimori, Peru's former president, expressed disappointment at failing to win a seat in Sunday's Upper House election, but said that would not diminish his affection for Japan.

Fujimori, 69, ran from a proportional representation bloc on the opposition Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party) ticket.

Fujimori, who has Japanese citizenship, had said earlier that he wanted to give something back to Japan, the birthplace of his parents.

He spoke Sunday to reporters outside his home in Santiago, where he remains under house arrest while Chile's Supreme Court re-examines its decision, at the behest of Peru, not to extradite him to face trial for human rights violations and corruption.

The charges stem from his decade-long rule from 1990. He denies committing any wrongdoing.

Fujimori conceded the main reason he did not win a seat was that he was unable to physically campaign in Japan.

Fujimori is well known in Japan for his role in resolving a hostage crisis at the Japanese Embassy in Lima in 1997.(IHT/Asahi: July 31,2007)


Monday, July 30, 2007

The Inter American Dialogue's Michael Shifter published 'Social Turbulence in Peru' in The Miami Herald. "Garcia's poll numbers after a year in office are sobering. Thanks largely to unmet expectations, his approval rating has tumbled from 63 percent to 32 percent. Moreover, according to a recent survey by Conecta Associates, 50 percent of Peruvians say his second government is the same as or worse than his first. Those numbers should be a clear message to other Latin American leaders and Washington policy officials about the political and social costs of ignoring the region's stubborn inequalities. "

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