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Wednesday, June 19

Washington Post Support for Toledo Wanes As Peru's Poor Get Poorer: "An estimated 54 percent of Peru's 27 million residents live in poverty, defined by an income of $2 or less a day. That figure has remained steady throughout Toledo's 11 months in office. But over the past year, 2 million Peruvians have joined the ranks of the "extremely poor" -- those trying to survive on a dollar a day -- even as Toledo has shifted resources toward anti-poverty programs and the economy has begun growing at a projected 3.7 percent annual rate for 2002. That would place it with the Dominican Republic at 3.5 percent as the best performing in Latin America." In other words, Peru is doing great compared to the rest of the region, but that's small consolation for the millions of unemployed.

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