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Thursday, July 31

Snapshot of a fallen Latin American strongman

Peru's Fujimori, roots and a new life in Japan: " Fujimori, who is considered a Japanese citizen because his parents registered him with consular authorities as an infant, denies these charges and accusations of corruption, saying they are a ploy by his political enemies. For this reason, he adds, he would not get a fair trial if he returned." MSNBC / Reuters This is a backgrounder that explains Fujimori's presidency and fall from power. At one point, Fujimori was portrayed as a new breed of authoritarianism -- no longer military coups and dictators were needed to rule a troubled country; instead, a strong-willed civilian with populist underpinnings who did not fear twisting the law in his favor.

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