News Americas, LIMA, Peru, Thurs. July 28, 2011: Peruvians will inaugurate their 97th President today.
President-elect Ollanta Humala Tasso will take the oath of office, just weeks after he defeated Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori, in the general election. Humala’s inauguration will coincide with Peru’s Independence Day.
He will succeed outgoing President Alan Garcia and aims to focus on rapid economic growth and ensuring that the poor see some of that prosperity.
Humala is a leftist former army officer who launched a failed military coup in 2000 against then-president Fujimori.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on the 190th anniversary of the independence of Peru Wednesday that the United States remains a friend and partner to Peru.
While Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, said the Presidential transition in Peru demonstrates the democratic character of the region and reflects its institutional strength.
Insulza, will be in Lima today to attend the inauguration of the incoming President.