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Humala sworn in as Peru president

Leftist military man Ollanta Humala has been sworn in as Peru's president. The 49-year-old former army lieutenant colonel formerly close to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez won office in a runoff last month after abandoning a radical platform.

world Updated: Aug 02, 2011 09:11 IST

Leftist military man Ollanta Humala has been sworn in as Peru's president. The 49-year-old former army lieutenant colonel formerly close to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez won office in a runoff last month after abandoning a radical platform.

He faces a daunting juggling act in a South American nation where one in three live in poverty despite an economic boom from mining.

Humala has promised to more equally distribute wealth through generous social programs, including raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing old-age pensions to all.

At the same time, he has indicated his intention to maintain the business status quo.