Peru’s president-elect Humala: “Investment will continue with respect for indigenous rights”


By Jorge Riveros-Cayo

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President-elect Ollanta Humala said that “the demand for a change that has been historically neglected” will be honored during his administration. (Photo: Gana Perú)

Ollanta Humala ratified his commitment to resolve the social conflicts that have seized the country, “with the guarantee, at the same time, that there will be a continuity of investments and the exploitation of natural resources but with respect for indigenous rights and the local population.”

Humala made these promises during his first speech as president-elect after receiving his credentials on Thursday from Peru’s Electoral Jury (JNE).

The nationalist leader thanked those who voted for him, as well as those who did not. Humala also thanked the people that supported him all along the way during his eight-month presidential campaign, and his family for their “invaluable support and understanding.”

The president-elect said he has a commitment to govern “with humility and caution” in order to reconcile the country, and without being subject to pressures of any economic or political group.

But he also reminded those that criticized him during the campaign and now applaud him, that he was not elected by Peru’s economic groups, but by the people.

Humala said he will not give in to the pressures of these groups in order to choose his cabinet.  

“We will announce the members of our administration when the time comes to do so, without giving in to pressures or rushes of any kind,” he said. “The president-elect has no ties with any economic group, but only a commitment with Peru’s people.”

Humala was given his presidential credentials by Hugo Sivina, president of the JNE, during a ceremony that took place at the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, in the district of Pueblo Libre.

Vice-presidents Marisol Espinoza and Omar Chehade also received their credentials.

The ceremony was attended by 200 guests. Among them, were ex ombudswoman, Beatriz Merino – a favorite to be appointed as Humala’s first prime minister – as well as Humala’s parents Isaac and Elena, his wife Nadine Heredia and his three children.

The president-elect said during his first speech that “the demand for a change that has been historically neglected” will be honored during his administration.
Humala said that the challenge of Peru’s society, including the state and its politicians, “is to continue the economic growth of the country, side by side with social growth and the strengthening of our nation.”

He also reminded Peruvians to be “more supportive,” because in the country there are enough resources for all to become prosperous.

“My administration seeks to reconcile the country, something that is possible with less poverty, more equity, more rights, more jobs, more investments and more democracy. This means, economic growth with social inclusion in a democracy,” he said.