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Guardian: Disgraced leader beats ex-soldier in Peruvian presidential election

Alan García, whose 1985-90 presidency of Peru marked a period of political turbulence and left the country in economic ruin, has won back the office in a run-off against a nationalist ex-soldier endorsed by Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez.

Mr García had a lead of 55.5% against 44.5% for Ollanta Humala with 77.3% of the vote counted, the electoral agency said. That margin could shrink, however, as Mr Humala's support is strongest in rural areas, where vote reporting is slower.

Speaking before the agency made its announcement, Mr García said his victory showed Peruvians wanted no part of the "militaristic, retrograde model" that Mr Chávez was "trying to impose" in South America.

A Humala victory could have tilted Peru in favour of the "friends of Chávez", who have already extended his regional influence with the election of Evo Morales as Bolivia's president in December.

by Fran on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 12:09:28 AM EST
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