Latin American heads of state have already arrived in Peru for today’s inauguration of Ollanta Humala.
Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, arrived yesterday afternoon and presented his new book at Lima’s International Book Fair.
Chilean president Sebastian Piñera arrived shortly afterward and was welcomed by Economics Minister Ismael Benavides. In comments reported by El Comercio, Piñera said, “From the core of my soul, I want to wish President Humala the best of luck, as well as to the Peruvian government and the Peruvian people.”
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos arrived last night, and was welcomed by Prime Minister Rosario Fernández. Santos said, “We consider Peru a true strategic partner on many fronts. Every relationship can be strengthened, improved. The relationship with Peru has been extraordinary, but we’re going to see how we can continue feeding it, strengthening it, improving it.”
Cristina Fernández, president of Argentina, Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli, Uruguayan president José Mujica and Brazilian president Dilma Rouseff were also reported to have been arrived. Many of the heads of state dined with outgoing president Alan García last night.
Leaders from many Latin America countries have already converged on Lima to welcome Ollanta Humala as the region’s newest head of state.