CARACAS, March 6 (Reuters) – Deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo
Chavez was hailed by weeping supporters on Wednesday as a
spiritual father figure who sacrificed his life for his country.
The 58-year-old socialist president succumbed to cancer on
Tuesday after 14 years in power that polarized a country with
vast oil reserves by sidelining traditional elites in favor of
millions mired in poverty.
LIMA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A young California couple feared by
family to have been abducted while on a cycling trip through
Peru have safely surfaced on a river boat headed for Ecuador,
surprised to learn they were subjects of an international
search, the Peruvian government said on Tuesday.
“The American tourists are continuing to enjoy their trip in
the Peruvian Amazon,” the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism
said in a statement, adding that a national police official had
spoken with the couple and found them to be “in good health.”
LIMA, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The brazen killing of a journalist
in broad daylight and a deadly robbery in Peru’s financial
district prompted President Ollanta Humala to put 1,000 more
police on the streets of the capital on Monday, to tackle a
rising sense of public insecurity.
Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza rushed to reassign
officers from desk jobs and put them in patrol cars as outraged
citizens demanded swift action after Luis Choy, a prominent
photojournalist for El Comercio, Peru’s main newspaper, was
gunned down in front of his house in a middle-class district of
Lima on Saturday afternoon.
LIMA (Reuters) – Humble crowds adore her populist gestures. Fans and critics alike call her the co-president. Her husband, a rebellious army officer turned moderate leader, says people who think his wife is too influential are sexist.
Peru’s first lady, Nadine Heredia, is a potent political force. A telegenic 36-year-old mother of three who started the Nationalist Party along with President Ollanta Humala, she weighs in on a range of policy issues behind the scenes and, in public, often serves as the government’s messenger.
LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s constitutional court plans to require the government to finally honor land reform bonds it issued 40 years ago but in most cases never paid, a ruling that could be worth billions of dollars to bondholders in Peru and abroad.
The court’s president, Ernesto Alvarez, said the ruling will probably come out “in the next three months” and would aim to clear up a bitter chapter in Peruvian history.
LIMA (Reuters) – Hundreds of hospital managers have resigned from Peru’s public health service in solidarity with striking doctors who accused President Ollanta Humala on Thursday of ignoring their demands for a bigger share of a record fiscal surplus.
The resignations, in support of the lingering strike by 11,000 doctors in the nation’s health system, underscore growing criticism of the government over its inability to negotiate labor accords and forestall closures of hospitals and schools.
LIMA (Reuters) – The political arm of Peru’s brutal Shining Path insurgency was largely dormant for two decades but it is now rebuilding, hoping it can take advantage of disappointment on the left over President Ollanta Humala’s swing to the right.
To recruit new members to the Maoist group, Movadef, as the political wing is known, is organizing in poor neighborhoods, holding rallies, performing theater, and forming clubs at universities.
LIMA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – The political arm of Peru’s brutal
Shining Path insurgency was largely dormant for two decades but
it is now rebuilding, hoping it can take advantage of
disappointment on the left over President Ollanta Humala’s swing
to the right.
To recruit new members to the Maoist group, Movadef, as the
political wing is known, is organizing in poor neighborhoods,
holding rallies, performing theater, and forming clubs at
LIMA, July 28 (Reuters) – President Ollanta Humala vowed on
Saturday to ramp up social spending for the poor as he tries to
spread the benefits of an economic boom to all Peruvians and
defuse conflicts over mining that have marred his term.
Humala, in an annual address to Congress just days after
anti-mining protests prompted him to shuffle his cabinet for the
second time in his year-old government, said he would extend the
rollout of social programs in a bid to cut the nation’s poverty
rate to 15 percent by the end of his term in 2016.
LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian lawmakers on Thursday harshly criticized President Ollanta Humala’s crackdown on protests against Newmont’s $5 billion Conga mine, as deadly violence prompted calls for him to shuffle his Cabinet.
A fifth protester died on Thursday after two days of clashes with police as left-wing leader Marco Arana, a soft-spoken former Roman Catholic priest who has rallied demonstrators to stop construction of the biggest mine in Peruvian history, was released from police custody a day after a video aired on local TV showed him being detained and beaten by police.