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Wednesday, June 6

International Herald Tribue / Washington Post The New President Will Need All the Help He Can Get Before Peru's 1995 election I asked a taxi driver in Lima if he thought former UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuellar would make a good president. 'Absolutely,' he said. After a perfectly timed pause, he continued - 'of Sweden.' Mr. Pérez de Cuellar lost in a landslide." Mike Shifter of the Inter-American Dialogue makes a valid point. Perez de Cuellar, Mario Vargas Llosa, Hernando de Soto and other leading interlocutors for Peru may draw attention from outside the country, but governing the country requires unique qualities, including earning the trust of the working class. It's still not clear that Toledo is fully qualified for the job, but he has earned a chance to try.

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