In Peru, the government has granted a political amnesty to six Left-wing politicians, exiled during the recent general election campaign.
In Peru, the government has granted a political amnesty to six Left-wing politicians, exiled during the recent general election campaign. The elections were the first to be held by the military government in 12 years. The six exiles were among 17 people deported by the security police during May. All the returning politicians succeeded in winning seats in the new Constituent Assembly, which is due to meet on Peruvian Independence Day, 28 July
SYNOPSIS: A massive celebration rally filled the streets of the Peruvian capital, Lima, as Genaro Ledesma Izquieta arrived in the city. Senor Ledesma was one of three election candidates of the Left-wing Popular Front of Worker and Students (FOCEP), exiled before the election. The party s a Trotskyite-Maoist alliance of trade union lawyers and radicals, and came third in the election with 12 per cent of the vote.
The centrist Popular American Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party won the election but did not gain a clear majority over its nearest rival, the Right-wing Popular Christian Party (PPC). It is possible that the two parties will form an alliance within the parliamentary assembly.
The Assembly is to reform the Peruvian constitution, in preparation for greater civilian involvement in the government, and general elections in 1980. The return of Senor Ledesma and the other left-wing politicians coincided with the declaration of an amnesty for political prisoners in Peru. an estimated 1,500 people were released from jail after the announcement on 19 July. Many were arrested during the widespread rioting over price rises earlier this year, when at least 20 people were killed.