Peru president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardons ex-leader Alberto Fujimori

Peru president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardons ex-leader Alberto Fujimori

Peru president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardons ex-leader Alberto Fujimori

Supporters of former President Alberto Fujimori celebrate his medical pardon outside the clinic where the jailed leader was admitted the previous day after suffering a drop in blood pressure in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017.

Kuczynski, who said he pardoned Fujimori due to his ailing health, has not spoken publicly since announcing his decision on Christmas Eve, just three days after a handful of Fujimori loyalists in Congress saved Kuczynski from a vote that almost toppled him. Some Peruvians laud him for defeating the Maoist Shining Path guerrilla movement; others criticize him for human rights violations carried out under his government.

So far, three ruling party lawmakers have protested the pardon by announcing their resignations from Kuczynski's party, which controls just a fifth of congressional seats.


At least two ministers in Kuczynski's cabinet who objected to the pardon told him they wanted to resign, and Kuczynski might reshuffle the cabinet as early as this week, a government source said. Her party mounted an attempt this month to oust Kuczynski over business ties to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which is at the center of a huge corruption scandal, but the president survived the impeachment vote.

Late on Monday, Kuczynski appealed to Peruvians opposed to the pardon to "turn the page".

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