Peru: Stirring Hope

"Alan, Presidente" electrifies

For two months he had displayed all the appeal of a rock star as he campaigned from the barrios and suburbs of Lima to the ancient plazas of Cuzco and Arequipa. Youthful (35), tall (6 ft. 3 in.) and darkly handsome, he electrified crowds with his theme that "Peru is an unrealized hope." He promised food for the hungry, jobs for the jobless and an end to diseases like tuberculosis, which is still a major cause of death among Peruvian children. Several hours after the polls closed last week, Alan García Pérez bounded onstage at his party headquarters to proclaim victory...

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