November 21, 2000 |
President Alberto Fujimori formally resigned Peru's presidency in a letter sent from Japan on Monday, spreading anger and disbelief in his wake and paving the way for the opposition-led Congress to appoint his successor. On an emotional day filled with the echoes of a political strongman's precipitous fall, acting President Ricardo Marquez followed Fujimori's lead and stepped down as well.
August 10, 2001 |
Former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, who served for the last eight months as Peru's provisional Cabinet chief, said he has been named ambassador to France. Perez de Cuellar, 81, came out of retirement last year to serve as prime minister and foreign minister in the transitional government of Valentin Paniagua, interim president after the disgraced Alberto Fujimori fled to Japan.
June 27, 2001 |
President Bush urged Peruvian President-elect Alejandro Toledo on Tuesday to take humanitarian concerns into account when deciding whether to intervene in the case of an American woman convicted of collaborating with terrorists. In a brief meeting at the White House, Bush directly addressed the situation of 31-year-old Lori Berenson, who was sentenced last week in Peru to 20 years in prison for assisting the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement.
November 23, 2000 |
Ending a decade of authoritarian rule, Valentin Paniagua became Peru's interim president Wednesday and set out to restore credibility to the country's tattered democracy, naming a former U.N. chief as prime minister. Paniagua, a political moderate who is widely respected for his honesty and conciliatory style, took the oath of office to the cheers of his supporters in Congress two days after Alberto Fujimori resigned, forced out by a corruption scandal involving his top advisor.
April 19, 2001 |
Three new chiefs of Peru's armed forces pledged to respect the constitution and civilian authority Wednesday, taking office after their predecessors were forced out. Lt. Gen. Miguel Medina became the new head of the air force, Vice Adm. Luis Vargas will command the navy, and Gen. Jose Cacho will head the army.
December 23, 2000 |
Congress has granted amnesty to a renegade Peruvian army commander and his followers who staged a thwarted insurrection against then-President Alberto Fujimori. Fujimori's opponents now control Congress, which approved the amnesty late Thursday that clears the way for the mutineers to return to their posts. The uprising took place several weeks before Fujimori fled to Japan. The leader of the rebellion, Lt. Col.