Peru's presidential candidate Humala pledges to guarantee judicial security

13:54, March 30, 2011      

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Peru's presidential candidate Ollanta Humala on Tuesday promised voters he would guarantee judicial security if elected president in the upcoming general elections on April 10.

Humala, a former army commander, said the rule of law and respect for courts were of principal importance.

He also said that contracts between the government and the private sector would be renegotiated, such as the free trade agreement between Peru and the United States.

"This will not be done unilaterally: both parties will have to sit down," he told local Peruvian TV station ATV.

He insisted that renegotiation of such agreements would be undertaken with "the approval of both parties," and the fact that the existing treaties had already been signed by previous elected governments would be considered.

Humala, a vocal critic of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement, lost a runoff to Alan Garcia in the 2006 presidential election. His Union for Peru party won 45 of 120 seats in Congress in the same year, the largest share by a single party, prompting the administration of outgoing President Alejandro Toledo to ratify the agreement before the new Congress was sworn in.

As a candidate of the new Gana Peru alliance, Humala has in recent days been accused by his opponents of showing signs of a radical leader and a fierce opponent of the free market. He denied the allegations.

"What we want to do more than anything else is to give voters confidence so that they can vote without fear and know that the nationalist proposal is an absolutely responsible proposal," he said.

Shrugging off criticism, he also proclaimed himself a candidate representing "commitment with the people of Peru" as he promised to respect freedom of the press, promote private investment and respect the security and independence of the judicial system.

The latest polls give Humala a small lead with between 22 percent and 23 percent of the vote, ahead of the four other candidates -- Toledo, Keiko Fujimori, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Luis Castaneda.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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