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Peruvian president purges the Police and promotes fresh generation in Armed Forces

Tuesday, October 11th 2011 - 08:36 UTC
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Ollanta Humala enjoying strong public opinion support sacked two thirds of the Police generals Ollanta Humala enjoying strong public opinion support sacked two thirds of the Police generals

President Ollanta Humala has fired two-thirds of all generals in Peru's police force in an unprecedented purge to stamp out systemic corruption, the government said on Monday. In the Armed Forces there was also a renewal with the promotion of 48 officers.

Thirty of all 45 generals in the force -- including its commander and the chief of the anti-drug police in one of the world's top cocaine producers -- were pushed into retirement in a decree signed by Humala.

Humala, a former military officer who took office in July, has a high approval rating of 65% and campaigned on promises to fight corruption.

Though the move could further please voters who have given Humala high marks for trying to introduce new social programs while attracting foreign investment, critics accused him of acting hastily without letting people defend themselves from corruption allegations.

At least one general said he was fired even though he had not been linked to graft.

“If indeed it's the case that there are generals with problems, not all of them are corrupt, not all of them are inept some are very respectable” Remigio Hernani, Interior Minister under former President Alan Garcia, said on RPP radio.

Humala also promoted 48 officers in the armed forces over the weekend, ostensibly to renew leadership posts with younger officers.

Lourdes Flores, a conservative politician in the opposition, warned that Humala could be giving favours to friends or politicizing the armed forces.

But Humala's aides said the changes were necessary.

“The president, along with the Interior and Defence ministers, has done a rigorous evaluation for weeks to promote some in the armed forces and retire many police,” said Vice President Omar Chehade.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • Pedro

    There we go- the populist way to become a democratic dictator. Fire any possible opposition in the Army and Police. Replace the judiciary with judges that support you and then destroy opposition newspapers. Promote those that support you and Bobs your uncle you have control. Viva the people!

    Oct 11th, 2011 - 05:51 pm 0
  • GeoffWard2

    May be right, Pedro,
    but we have only seen one of your four key changes on the road to 'democratic dictatorship'

    I first thought 'democratic dictatorship' MUST be an oxymoron - especially when it was applied to Chavez,
    but there is nothing remotely democratic about abusing the tenets of democracy to bring about and 'validate' your dictatorship.

    Does a dictatorship become democratic simply because you get the people to vote for you? There are many undemocratic ways of winning/forcing votes, not least, removing competitors from office, placing them in prison, blackening their name, etc, etc.

    Oct 11th, 2011 - 08:31 pm 0
  • Think


    Isn't it time for you to take a swim with the hippos at the Okawango?
    What a boooring Wabenzi you are!

    Oct 11th, 2011 - 08:34 pm 0
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