Peru's ruling party may quit presidential elections as candidate resigns

15:59, January 18, 2011      

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Peru's ruling party may not compete in the presidential elections following the resignation of its candidate Mercedez Araoz, a senior party official said on Monday.

There will be an internal discussion on whether the American Revolutionary People's Alliance (APRA), Peru's ruling party, will field a presidential candidate or not for the April 10 elections, said former APRA Secretary-General Jorge del Castillo Galvez.

"We shall solve the problem, and we are confident that the leaders can find a way to face the situation," said President of Congress Cesar Zumaeta.

Araoz quit in protest at the inclusion of former Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo Galvez in a list of candidates for the Congress. She said she did not want to see any person facing judiciary process in the list.

Del Castillo is currently being investigated for favoring a Dominican businessman when he was president of the Council of Ministers of Peru.

Araoz said on Sunday that she had no intention of participating in the elections as a candidate for a different party and she wanted to go back to her work and academic activities.

She referred to her resignation "as a matter of principles, not of gaining an image."

Source: Xinhua
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