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2011 Elections | July 21, 2011 [ 10:44 ]

Peruvian restaurant El Señorio de Sulco to open abroad

(Photo: Miguel Carrillo/ El Comercio/ Archive)
Peruvian restaurant El Señorio de Sulco joins the list of local franchises expanding operations abroad, said its executive chef, Flavio Solórzano in an article published by Gestión.

The restaurant is currently holding negotiations with investors interested in setting up a franchise in Colombia and another in Asia, he said.

"The aim is to secure the deal this year, in order to start operations next year; we’ve been in this for about a year and a half and it’s not as easy to sell because it is not a small format that is easy to copy," Solórzano said.

He mentioned that they had recently been looking to open a franchise in Mexico, but had not been able to.

Solórzano also commented that he was currently working on launching their first bar, which will be named 'Patronato', and is expected to open during the first quarter of 2012.

"This proposal is unique, the concept is inspired by the various festivities that take place in Peru", he said.

The bar will be located at Av Dos de Mayo, in the district of Miraflores, although they were currently waiting for municipal permits.

Also among his plans for this year are to re-launch the salty pastry shop. "I made the decision to close it because I was going through an experimental phase, but this time it's a bigger project, with our own building," said Solórzano.

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2011 Elections | July 8, 2011 [ 8:39 ]

Visit to Russia by brother of Peru's Humala results in controversy

Alexis Humala (Photo: )

Provoking controversy, Alexis Humala Tasso, the younger brother of Peru’s president-elect, Ollanta Humala, was in Russia this week, meeting with both state and private-sector officials.

There are conflicting reports as to whether or not he was there as an official envoy of Peru. The news website Peru21 claims that the President-elect, while in Washington D.C., denied that his brother was in the former Soviet Union as a representative of his country. He stated “that out of respect for American authorities. I will not speak of this subject now.”

Critics of Ollanta Humala asserted that if his brother was not there on official state business, his trip should be publicly denounced by the new leader. Peru’s El Diario Correo noted that Alexis Humala Tasso has a Russian wife. Though separated, they share business investments in Russia. The President-elect said that he would clarify the matter upon his return to Lima.

Still, Peru’s El Comercio reported that Alexis Humala Tasso met with the Russian Federation’s Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov. Reportedly they talked about petroleum and improved bilateral cooperation between both countries.

The paper also reports that Humala met with the General Director of Russian Fishing, Andéi Kraini. It said that they worked on an agreement that would allow Russian seamen to fish in Peruvian waters starting in 2012.

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2011 Elections | June 24, 2011 [ 11:49 ]

Peru's president-elect Humala: "Investment will continue with respect for indigenous rights"

By Jorge Riveros-Cayo

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President-elect Ollanta Humala said that “the demand for a change that has been historically neglected” will be honored during his administration. (Photo: Gana Perú)

Ollanta Humala ratified his commitment to resolve the social conflicts that have seized the country, “with the guarantee, at the same time, that there will be a continuity of investments and the exploitation of natural resources but with respect for indigenous rights and the local population.”

Humala made these promises during his first speech as president-elect after receiving his credentials on Thursday from Peru’s Electoral Jury (JNE).

The nationalist leader thanked those who voted for him, as well as those who did not. Humala also thanked the people that supported him all along the way during his eight-month presidential campaign, and his family for their “invaluable support and understanding.”

The president-elect said he has a commitment to govern “with humility and caution” in order to reconcile the country, and without being subject to pressures of any economic or political group.

But he also reminded those that criticized him during the campaign and now applaud him, that he was not elected by Peru's economic groups, but by the people.

Humala said he will not give in to the pressures of these groups in order to choose his cabinet.  

“We will announce the members of our administration when the time comes to do so, without giving in to pressures or rushes of any kind,” he said. “The president-elect has no ties with any economic group, but only a commitment with Peru’s people.”

Humala was given his presidential credentials by Hugo Sivina, president of the JNE, during a ceremony that took place at the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, in the district of Pueblo Libre.

Vice-presidents Marisol Espinoza and Omar Chehade also received their credentials.

The ceremony was attended by 200 guests. Among them, were ex ombudswoman, Beatriz Merino – a favorite to be appointed as Humala’s first prime minister – as well as Humala’s parents Isaac and Elena, his wife Nadine Heredia and his three children.

The president-elect said during his first speech that “the demand for a change that has been historically neglected” will be honored during his administration.
Humala said that the challenge of Peru’s society, including the state and its politicians, “is to continue the economic growth of the country, side by side with social growth and the strengthening of our nation.”

He also reminded Peruvians to be “more supportive,” because in the country there are enough resources for all to become prosperous.

“My administration seeks to reconcile the country, something that is possible with less poverty, more equity, more rights, more jobs, more investments and more democracy. This means, economic growth with social inclusion in a democracy,” he said.

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2011 Elections | June 21, 2011 [ 6:13 ]

Peruvian actress Anali Cabrera loses her life to breast cancer

Anali Cabrera died Tuesday from breast cancer. (Photo: Internet)

Analí Cabrera, a well known Peruvian actress, died at 5:35 a.m. Tuesday – her birthday – in her Surquillo home.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, "Chelita" as she was known by many, turned 52 years old Tuesday.
Her husband's manager said that last night she celebrated her birthday with her family and closest friends and asked to be next to her husband all night, reports La Républica.

"Anali was very excited because it was her birthday. Her relatives sang Happy Birthday and then she asked to be alone with Havier because she wanted to say goodbye to him. She also asked that we record a goodbye message for all those who supported her," he said.

The manager also revealed that Havier is very broken and even before the death of "Chelita" was crying profusely.

Actress Camucha Negrete said her death "is a painful blow to her friends and people who appreciated her" because nobody expected it. "Despite the seriousness of her illness, we held a glimmer of hope because she was always fighting," she told Perú21.

She also told RPP that "Chelita" was "the only vedette (showgirl) of the country," as she combined dancing, singing and acting throughout her career.

Television producer Efraín Aguilar said that he was almost "like a father to her."

"She was a very skinny girl, very pretty, eager to succeed and had a hidden talent that we were taking little by little," he said.

Aguilar said her departure "will leave a footprint" in show business and theater in Peru, because she showed over the years that it's possible to "lead the life of a vedette with dignity, without falling into scandals."

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2011 Elections | June 16, 2011 [ 12:12 ]

Humala in Chile: “This visit has been worthwhile”

By Jorge Riveros-Cayo

Humala in Chile: “This visit has been worthwhile”
Humala and Piñera met Wednesday morning at La Moneda. (Photo: El Comercio)

Against all odds, president-elect Ollanta Humala returned to Peru quite satisfied from his meeting with Chile’s president Sebastián Piñera.

Humala met Piñera Wednesday morning, for about two hours at Palacio de La Moneda, site of Chile’s executive.

Peru’s newly elected president arrived with his wife Nadine Heredia around 10 a.m. He also was accompanied by Peru’s ambassador to Chile, Luis Chuquihuara.

The objective of this meeting was to define the political framework that will set the bilateral agenda between both countries, including political and economic issues, as well as the the border maritime dispute at The Hague.

After the meeting, Humala said it was “proof that we can work together and make progress.”

“This trip has been worthwhile. I am going to leave Chile very happy (…) we have established an open channel to keep direct communication in order to solve any problem,” he said.

Humala also suggested that exporting natural gas to Chile is an option as long as the domestic market is supplied first.

“I have explained president Piñera that first we have to solve Peru’s domestic supply. Then we can export electricty and gas to the international market, without discrimination of any country, especially if they are neighboring countries,” he said.

Humala finally said, “I thank president Piñera for the time he has given me. The most important thing about this meeting is that Peruvians and Chileans benefit from it, because that is our moral, ethic, and constitutional obligation."

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2011 Elections | June 15, 2011 [ 8:55 ]

Fujimori: “Thank God I don’t have terminal cancer”

Ex president Alberto Fujimori said “thank God I don’t have terminal cancer” in a video footage filmed at the National Institute of Neoplastic Illnesses (Inen), during his recent hospitalization.

Fujimori was taken to the Inen last week due to a relapse of his tongue cancer.

Yesterday, Pedro Sánchez, head of the Head and Neck Surgery Department of the National Institute of Neoplastic Illnesses (Inen), said that Fujimori “does not have terminal cancer.”

“Mr. Fujimori is a high-risk patient due to his actual cancer condition that started in 1997 when he was initially treated. This is highly important, if we related his state of mind and his depressive state that convey an incorrect immunological state,” said the doctor.

Fujimori was filmed at the hospital before been taken back to the Diroes headquarter where he is serving a 25-year sentence for crimes against humanity and corruption.

“I thank all those demonstrations of concern and solidarity with my health condition. I will continue to fight against this illness,” said Fujimori on a video disclosed by AFP news agency.

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2011 Elections | June 14, 2011 [ 16:27 ]

Fujimori does not suffer from terminal cancer, says doctor

Fujimori does not suffer from terminal cancer, says doctor
Fujimori doesn't have terminal cancer but most probably is under an acute depressive state, says Sánchez. (Photo: Diario16)

Ex president Alberto Fujimori does not have terminal cancer, said today Pedro Sánchez, head of the Head and Neck Surgery Department of the National Institute of Neoplastic Illnesses (Inen).

During a press conference held today around noon, Sánchez said that Fujimori is a high-risk patient because of his age and constant relapses due to the oral leucoplasia he suffers from.

“Mr. Fujimori is a high-risk patient due to his actual cancer condition that started in 1997 when he was initially treated. This is highly important, if we related his state of mind and his depressive state that convey an incorrect immunological state,” said the doctor.

Sánchez confirmed that Fujimori has lost around 15 kilos of weight during these last weeks, due to a state of depression.

The doctor also announced that a psychiatric team will be checking Fujimori due to his depressive condition.

Fujimori, who is at the center of a debate about whether he should be pardoned or not, will be taken back today to the Diroes headquarters, where he is serving a 25 year sentence for crimes against humanity and corruption.

Listen to doctor Sánchez explain with detail Fujimori's condition (Video footage: Canal N):

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2011 Elections | June 9, 2011 [ 16:12 ]

Humala: Victory for the Andean chameleon

Having reinvented himself as a moderate, Ollanta Humala has an extraordinary opportunity to marry economic growth with social progress

The Economist - from the print edition

Humala: Victory for the Andean chameleon
Since he takes over when Peru’s circumstances have rarely been better, Ollanta Humala has an extraordinary opportunity to be a successful president, says The Economist. (Photo: Reuters)

Five years ago Ollanta Humala, a former army lieutenant-colonel with no previous political experience, came close to winning Peru’s presidency by avowing the statist nationalism practised by Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez. On June 5th he achieved his goal, narrowly defeating Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of a populist former president, by 51.5% to 48.5%.

To do so Mr. Humala eschewed Mr. Chávez, modelled himself on Brazil’s social-democratic former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, dropped a leftist government platform he had unveiled only months before and forged last-minute alliances in the centre. Many Peruvians are consequently wondering just which Mr. Humala will start governing their country on July 28th.

The uncertainty prompted the Lima stockmarket index to plunge 12.5% on June 6th, its biggest-ever daily fall, though it later recovered most of its losses. Shares in several multinational mining companies with operations in Peru fell sharply too. In victory Mr Humala has tried to strike a reassuring tone while also offering hope to poorer Peruvians who make up his electoral base.

“It’s not possible to say that the country is progressing when 12 million people are living in miserable conditions without electricity or running water,” he told cheering supporters. But he also promised “a government of national consensus” that would “promote investment and the free market, which is the consolidation of the internal market”.

Mr. Humala’s transition team, announced this week, mixes leftist academics with centrist former officials from the government of Alejandro Toledo (2001 to 2006), a defeated rival who backed him in the run-off. Pundits called for Mr Humala to put an end to the uncertainty by naming key cabinet appointments quickly. These might include Beatriz Merino, a capable centrist, as prime minister. And Mr Humala is said to want Julio Velarde, who is respected by investors, to stay as Central Bank governor.

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2011 Elections | June 9, 2011 [ 9:10 ]

Humala's South American tour: Peru's president-elect meets Brazil's Rousseff

Peru's president-elect Humala meets Brazil's Rousseff
President-elect, Ollanta Humala, with Brazil's Dilma Rousseff. (Photo: Andina)

President-elect, Ollanta Humala, met Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff today at Palacio de Planalto in Brasilia, reports El Comercio.

Humala left Lima last night at 1 a.m. starting a regional tour that includes Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.

Peru's new president met Rousseff at 10 a.m. (7 a.m. local time) today in response to an invitation made by Brazil's president.

On June 10 he will meet ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in São Paulo, according to Gana Perú's press office. The next day he will meet with Fernando Lugo, president of Paraguay.

Humala will also have a meeting with Uruguay's president, José Alberto Mujica, on June 13 in Montevideo, and with Argentina's Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, on June 14 in Buenos Aires.

His tour will end in Santiago on June 15 where he will meet Chile's president Sebastián Piñera.

Humala is traveling with his wife, Nadien Heredia, as well as press and security personnel, according to Gana Peru's press office.

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2011 Elections | June 8, 2011 [ 10:13 ]

Peru enters stage of consensus and inclusion, EU-EOM says


José Ignacio Salafranca. (Photo: Andina)

The head of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM), José Ignacio Salafranca, said that after the presidential runoff on Sunday, Peru enters a stage of consensus and inclusion where all political parties should participate.

He suggested that the parties put forth effort so the country manages to get through the general elections.

According to Salafranca, “it is very important” for Peru to have a good system of political parties that put the interests of the nation first.

In addition, the EU-EOM chief observer mentioned that the electoral campaign was “tough” and included “personal verbal attacks.”

However, he praised the civic behavior of Peruvians, as well as the responsibility in which results were handled by the electoral institutions.

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