Fujimori: A New Kind Of Strongman

The populist technocrat is tightening his grip on power

An enthusiastic crowd gathers as Peruvian President Alberto K. Fujimori drives a four-wheel-drive Toyota on an impromptu tour of Santa Rosa, a hillside shantytown in Lima. Soldiers with earth-moving equipment are building a paved road, sidewalks, and schools in this community of 30,000 people, just a couple of miles from the presidential palace. Kids chant "Fuji, Fuji!" and a woman blows a kiss. But what really lights up Fujimori's face is a greeting from a man who shouts: "Go for [reelection in] the year 2000!"

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