Ollanta Humala, a former army officer, was sworn in as Peru’s new president Thursday after narrowly defeating Keiko Fujimori, daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, in a second-round vote in June.
Humala has described himself as a moderate left politician, likening his views to those of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Humala replaces Alan Garcia, whose presidency coincided with a period of positive economic growth in Peru. One of the hallmarks of Humala’s campaign was a vow to distribute Peru’s wealth to the poor and more heavily tax the booming mining industry.
Despite beating Fujimori, a more right-leaning candidate, Humala’s party does not have a majority in Peru’s congress.
And Larisa Epatko reported on the significance of the run-off election in the spring.
Retired Army commander and presidential candidate for the Gana Peru Party, Ollanta Humala, addresses hundreds of supporters at a rally in Lima on April 10, 2011, after the closing of the general elections. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images.