Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

President vows to be an action man

Peru's president Ollanta Humala, centre, walks with army officers during his visit to Pisco, Peru (AP)

Peruvian president Ollanta Humala has an explanation for his relative reticence since taking office two weeks ago.

The 49-year-old former army officer has hardly spoken publicly.

He told reporters that his would be a government of "fewer words and more action". That was a clear dig at his predecessor, Alan Garcia.

Mr Garcia was never at a loss for words. But his verbosity did not help him win over residents of the coastal city of Pisco, which Mr Humala visited on Friday.

Mr Garcia was broadly criticised for doing little to rebuild Pisco after a 2007 earthquake levelled it.

Mr Humala promised to invest more than 100 million US dollars in reconstruction.

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