Peru Vice President Marta García Linera to run for president

According to local press reports, García Linera “will announce her nomination of a national team at a news conference in Lima, Peru.” “I’m proud to be part of the team that will be assigned…

Peru Vice President Marta García Linera to run for president

According to local press reports, García Linera “will announce her nomination of a national team at a news conference in Lima, Peru.”

“I’m proud to be part of the team that will be assigned to promote the economic, social and environmental interests of Peru,” García Linera said in a message to Peruvians.

As Vice President in the 1990s, García Linera championed environmentalism. She has earned praise from human rights activists and environmentalists who laud her for facilitating anti-mining protests that helped end the government of Alberto Fujimori. But she has also been criticized by Peru’s business community for presiding over multiple scandals during her years in Fujimori’s Cabinet.

In 2016, she returned to Peru’s government after Fujimori was forced to resign amid a bribery scandal. García Linera held the post of Peru’s vice president until the April 2016 presidential election, in which she faced the former head of state Ollanta Humala, who won. Humala’s term ended in 2016, when his party lost congressional elections.

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