Leftist Humala Wins Peru Election

A former army officer won the presidency for Peru by a narrow margin on Sunday. Ollanta Humala won over Keiko Fujimori by only 2-3%, the Los Angeles Times reports, partially due to the scandalous past of Fujimori’s father, who is serving 25 years in prison for human rights abuse. Humala promises to distribute Peru’s wealth more evenly as the economy blossoms, saying, ""We've been waiting a long time for a government that really cares about the poor. This doesn't sit well with conservatives and traditional elite. Challengers compare him to Venezuelan socialist Hugo Chavez, though Humala rejects any comparisons. The parallel cost him the presidency during his first run.

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