Peru There Was a Triumph Here

Alan Garcia pulls off an impressive party election sweep

The black bulletproof Mercedes limousine pulled up at the crowded downtown plaza as the final United Left rally before the balloting in Lima's tight mayoral race was getting under way. Peering through the dark tinted windshield, the man behind the wheel discreetly -- and expertly -- gauged the size and mood of the crowd. Then he made a quick decision: the candidate for mayor put up by his ruling center-left Popular American Revolutionary Alliance (A.P.R.A.) needed help. The limo wheeled around and headed back to the presidential palace half a mile away. Bucking a tradition that has kept Peruvian chief executives...

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