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Dec 5, 2011

Peru declares emergency to end protest over mining

LIMA, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Peruvian President Ollanta Humala
declared a state of emergency late on Sunday to quell protests
against Newmont Mining’s $4.8 billion Conga gold mine project
that have hobbled the region of Cajamarca for 11 days.

Humala, a former army officer, chided leaders of the
environmental protest as intransigent after weeks of mediation
efforts failed. His decree allows the military to help police
reopen roads, schools and hospitals shuttered for days by
rallies and marches against the proposed mine.

Dec 5, 2011

Peru declares emergency to stop protest over mine

LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared a state of emergency late on Sunday to quell protests against Newmont Mining’s $4.8 billion Conga mine project that have hobbled the region of Cajamarca for 11 days.

Humala, in a nationwide address, called leaders of the environmental protest intransigent and said the ruling would give security forces added power to ensure that roads, schools and hospitals could reopen after having been shuttered for days by rallies and marches against the proposed mine.

Nov 30, 2011

Newmont halts work on Peru mine to restart talks

LIMA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Newmont Mining Corp
temporarily halted work on its $4.8 billion Conga gold project
on Tuesday after the government asked it to help calm violent
protests and restart talks with a skeptical local community.

President Ollanta Humala had been trying to mediate a
bitter conflict over water at the proposed mine for weeks but
ended up ordering police to break up protests on Tuesday after
demonstrators started vandalizing the U.S. company’s property.

Nov 23, 2011

Peru government urges calm before Newmont protest

LIMA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Peru’s government urged opponents
of Newmont Mining’s (NEM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) proposed $4.8 billion Conga gold
mine project to refrain from violence during a protest on
Thursday as President Ollanta Humala scrambles to solve the
bitter dispute.

Interior Minister Oscar Valdes said intelligence sources
have warned that armed radicals had infiltrated local
opposition groups. He said local political leaders in the
Andean region of Cajamarca would be held responsible if
Thursday’s protest turned violent.

Nov 11, 2011

Peruvian anti-mining protesters clash with police

LIMA, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Police clashed with anti-mining
protesters in two Peruvian regions on Thursday, the first time
violence has broken out since President Ollanta Humala took
office in July promising to defuse social tensions.

The clashes could mark a setback for the popular leader,
who is trying to mediate more than 200 environmental conflicts
nationwide that often pit rural towns against mining and oil
companies with $50 billion in projects planned in Peru for the
next decade.

Nov 9, 2011

Newmont’s $4.8 bln mine faces new protest in Peru

LIMA, Nov 9 (Reuters) – A one-day protest by communities in
the northern region of Cajamarca on Wednesday against Newmont’s
$4.8 billion Conga gold project was peaceful and did not hurt
mining operations, the government and the company said.

Local political leaders in the northern region of Cajamarca
have demanded the company abandon the mining project, the most
expensive in Peru’s history, because they fear it will pollute
the air with dust and displace four lakes that are important
water sources.

Nov 7, 2011

Peru’s Humala says VP should consider resigning

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s President Ollanta Humala said on Sunday he thinks Vice President Omar Chehade should consider resigning over corruption allegations, but that he would wait for inquiries to conclude before deciding his fate.

The allegations against Chehade, one of Peru’s two vice presidents, have caused the first political scandal of Humala’s administration and threatened his high approval ratings.

Oct 24, 2011

Argentine president strolls to re-election victory

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Argentina’s center-leftist
president, Cristina Fernandez, won a landslide re-election
victory on Sunday as voters credited her unconventional
policies for a long economic boom.

The result marks a dramatic change of fortunes for a leader
who some critics once said might have to leave power early as
angry protests by farmers and middle-class voters battered her
approval ratings soon after she took office.

Oct 24, 2011

Argentine president sweeps to re-election win

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Argentina’s fiery
center-leftist president, Cristina Fernandez, swept to a
landslide re-election victory on Sunday, crowning a comeback
that seemed unthinkable for much of her turbulent first term.

With 15.5 percent of polling stations counted, official
results showed Fernandez winning with 53 percent of the vote,
36 percentage points ahead of her nearest rival, Socialist
Hermes Binner.

Oct 13, 2011

Analysis: Peru’s Humala basks in honeymoon, pushes reforms

LIMA (Reuters) – President Ollanta Humala’s political honeymoon has been sweeter than anyone predicted and it could go on for months if he can ramp up social spending even as a dismal global economy tempers Peru’s long boom.

A former military officer once dismissed by a conservative establishment as a naive and dangerous acolyte of Venezuela’s fiery President Hugo Chavez, Humala is enjoying the most successful first 100 days in office of any Peruvian leader in decades.

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