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Peru’s Humala promises good relations with Chile, discards Venezuela’s ALBA

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on April 27, 2011

by Merco Press News, April 26th, 2011.

Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala said that in the event of winning the runoff against Keiko Fujimori he will strengthen relations with Brazil, Chile and the United States as well as with Unasur, and has no intentions of joining Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez inspired ALBA.

“We have no intentions of joining ALBA or any other mechanism at this moment, but rather reinforce the integration process with Unasur and consolidate the Andean community of nations, CAN”, said Humala (47) who is leading by at least six points in the latest opinion poll over his rival’s 36%, although 22% of Peruvians remain undecided.

The Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of the Americas, ALBA, is the brain child of President Hugo Chavez and includes Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and a few other Caribbean islands with which Humala in the past, particularly in 2006 when the run-off with President Alan Garcia, he openly sympathized and praised.

Back in 2006 Humala was considered an ultra-nationalist with Chavez support but has since toned down particularly for this election. (continue reading… )

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