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'La China' vs 'El Gringo': Peru's exotic vote rivals
Lima (AFP) June 4, 2016
One candidate is known as "La China," though she is really of Japanese descent. The other is "El Gringo" - years in the United States left him with a "yanqui" accent. Here are some facts about the colorful foreign links of the contenders in Peru's presidential election, Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. - Land of immigrants - Like most of the Americas, Peru's history is marked by immigration. The Spanish conquest in the 16th century brought down the ancient Inca civilization. ... read more

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