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New Peruvian President to face big challenges

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczuynki and his Prime Minister at the swearing in ceremony - REUTERS

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczuynki and his Prime Minister at the swearing in ceremony - REUTERS

29/07/2016 18:51

(Vatican Radio) The new incoming just inaugurated President of Peru must make some practical political concessions, if he`s to boost the economy and get things done.  

Freedom of action might well follow another form of freedom as James Blears reports.

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At seventy  seven ex Wall Street afficinado Pedro Pablo Kuczynski who`s no spring chicken, insists he`s still got it up top.  But to stay on top,   he`s going to need a little help for more than just his friends.   

His Center-right Peruvians for Change Party  holds just 18 seats in Congress. 

He only defeated Keiko Fujimori, the Candidate of the Popular Force Party,  by a quarter of a percentage point.  But more to the point,  her Party holds 73 seats.  

The price will almost inevitably involve 78 year old former President Alberto Fujimori being released from prison, where he`s serving a 25 year term for human rights abuses. 

Outgoing President Ollanta Humala twice refused a pardon for Fujimori SR.  Now PPK, as he`s known, will have to decide PDQ,  what he`s prepared to do with a man who`s a year older than himself.  He`s suggested that although he isn`t prepared to grant an official pardon,  

Alberto Fujimori might be allowed to go home and be under a form of house arrest,  due to his advancing age. 

29/07/2016 18:51