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Peru looks set to elect region’s next populist

Venezuelans have a president who supports peasant land grabs, gives Cuba free oil, and makes dirty jokes about the US secretary of State on national TV. Bolivia recently elected a former llama herder who wears a woolly sweater to formal diplomatic functions and is dedicated to stopping the US eradication of coca, the leaf from which cocaine is made. But if Peru’s presidential front-runner Ollanta Humala – a retired Army officer with no governing experience – emerges victorious after Sunday’s vote, he soon may give Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and Bolivia’s Evo Morales a run for their money as the South American leader most worrying to Washington. Full Story

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