Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Flores: Peru wants change without violence permanent link   0 comments
While the Peruvian stock market is already plummeting and the Financial Times conveys that the peruvian elite braces for a possible Ollanta Humala victory, conservative presidential candidate Lourdes Flores Nano is adjusting her campaign speeches as well by focusing more on her biggest rival.

Although she avoids to specifically mention his name it is obvious that she alludes to him when talking to her supporters. At least that's how it sounded last night during a gathering in suburbian Lima. All her words had the purpose of enumerating the risks for the country that the ex-military man and avid nationalist's rise to power will bring.
"My alternative is real. The other option, the one that is represented by our opponents, is the threat of another sprout of terrorism, a violence threat, a threat of returning to the failures of the past", she emphatically maintained in front of approximately 1,500 supporters. She claimed that Humala posts a "danger for the Peruvians".
Her own single proposals were very general: respect of labor rights, improvements in public health and making education a tool for the development of new generations. "That is my commitment for this country and for the poorest", Flores announced.
She also guaranteed that, if elected, she will not free or amnesty sentenced and imprisoned terrorists, acknowleding the vestiges of subversion still subsisting in some areas of the country.
Last night's rally included several illustrations of anti-violence and pro-peace: hundreds of candles were lit by the audience, a minute of silence before her main speech, children choirs performing poems in the epilogue.
Likewise, the presentation of relatives of two policemen killed by "Etnocaceristas" in Andahuaylas indicated to whom the following message was directed: "What can you possibly expect of a group that has not given a clear expression against violence in our country, a group whose true ideologist, Isaac Humala, reiterates the command to amnesty Abimael Guzmán, the man responsible of the greatest genocide in our mother country? Peru does not deserve this ", she maintained.

Meanwhile, APRA leader, former president and 'man in the middle', Alan García - currently in a distant 3rd place - suddenly sees his chances increasing again. As the German proverb goes "When two quarrel, the third rejoices". If Flores' stock continues to fall and he ends up in a very possible second round runoff with Humala, all bets are off. In this case he maintains that his party is in a capacity to gather the greater amount of originating votes of all sectors, even those of his electoral adversaries.
"Nearly 90% of the voters are not members of any party, they have their affections but without fighting spirit, and if their candidate doesn't make it to the second round, they will reconsider freely. Then, we do not see the necessity to make agreements or joint-ventures under the table with other parties", he explained.

Question of strategy or real conviction? Difficult to know. Under these circumstances , his spirit and optimism led him to risk a prognosis: "It is almost impossible that (Ollanta) Humala wins the elections", he said.


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