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Borderline Trip: A trip to the Peru-Chile border? While in Lima, Peru, reporting about the future of former president Alberto Fujimori, staff writer Danna Harman considered attending a political rally on the border between the two countries.

A group of Mr. Fujimori's supporters had planned to make the long journey from Lima to the remote border crossing and shout their allegiance to him in Chile. He's actually in a jail in Santiago, almost 1,000 miles from the border, awaiting an extradition hearing. But it turns out that the symbolic el grito to Fujimori was postponed.

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"I suspect it was called off due to a lack of interest. Fujimori's base of support among the indigenous poor is being siphoned away by Ollanta Humala, a former Army officer. He's a rising star in Peruvian politics," Danna says.

"But it's early. Unlike the US, campaigning for the presidency in Peru won't start until a few weeks before the April vote."

David Clark Scott
World editor


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