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Peru Presidential Candidates in Close Race

Peru’s voters were divided and fearful Friday two days ahead of presidential elections, with polls showing support slipping for a retired army officer who promises to wipe away the “fascist dictatorship of the economically powerful.” The former lieutenant colonel, Ollanta Humala, is backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Polls show he’s now tied with Alan Garcia, a moderate leftist whose 1985-90 presidency was marred by rampant corruption and hyperinflation, and Lourdes Flores, a former congresswoman widely perceived as representing the European-descended ruling class. Full Story

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