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Monday, June 4

NY Times Peruvian Son of the Poor is Elected Over Ex-President: "In fact, after weeks of campaign rallies in which he donned avocado necklaces and traditional Indian panchos, Mr. Toledo traded in the Indian garb in his final days on the stump for dark suits, in an effort to appear more presidential. 'Toledo tried to make race an issue but he failed,' said Francisco Sagasti, director of Agenda: Peru, an independent social policy research center. 'No candidate appealed to a specific ethnic or social group.'" There are so many crossed signals in the Peruvian psyche -- class, race, gender, ideology, pop culture -- that a single issue is not going to swing the balance.

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