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PEDRO CASTILLO was finally sworn in as Peruvian president today on the 200th anniversary of the Andean country’s independence from Spain.
The self-defined Marxist-Leninist has vowed a new era for the country with increased spending on public services and a shift away from the neoliberal politics that have dominated Peruvian politics for decades.
Mr Castillo is leading by example, announcing that he will forgo the presidential salary and continue to draw a teacher’s wage.
A number of presidents and world leaders attended the inauguration, including Argentina’s Alberto Fernandez, who stressed a desire to work with Mr Castillo for a united Latin America.
Former Bolivian president Evo Morales called on Peru and Argentina to work with Bolivia to industrialise the production of lithium, a raw material used for battery production.
Access to Bolivia’s vast lithium reserves was believed to be the main factor behind the November 2019 Washington-backed coup that ousted Mr Morales.
Mr Castillo was finally declared the winner of the tightly contested presidential poll on July 19 after the National Elections Jury dismissed a raft of legal challenges by his rival Keiko Fujimori.
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