Inauguration day in Peru: Live Updates


12:05 a.m.: Humala has wrapped up with his speech and is slowly exiting the Congress.

11:58 a.m.: Humala has said he hopes for peaceful relations with all countries. He is awaiting the ruling in The Hague about the maritime border with Chile.

11:55 a.m.: Humala just offered up new sanctions against government officials convicted of corruption.

11:53 a.m.: Humala said he would continue the current Peruvian model in the fight against narcotrafficking.

11:51 a.m.: Humala will lead a multi-sector commision to tackle the crime problem. He also said he will increase police salaries.

11:50 a.m.: Humala just announced a new initiative to help the reconstruction of the "communities of the south" damaged by the 2007 earthquake.

11:48 a.m.: Humala is offering decentralized meetings, outside Lima, to help decentralize decision making.

11:45 a.m.: Luz Salgado, Fuerza 2011 Congresswoman, approached the dais and argued with Daniel Abugattás, President of the Congress and a leading member of Humala’s Gana Peru.

11:43 a.m.: Humala said that the gas from Lot 18 at Camisea would be prioritized for consumption in Peru.

11:40 a.m.: Humala just rejected both the "interventionist" state and the "minimalist" state, saying that the government’s role in the economy was to encourage investment and growth.

11:39 a.m.: Humala promised to improve health in poor areas. New hospitals will go up in the provinces, and generic drugs will be made available to the poor.

11:37 a.m.: Humala is talking about the social programs he will launch or embark: Pension65, Cuna Más, Combat against childhood malnutrition, and Beca 18 which will provide financial assistance to students from poor backgrounds.

11:35 a.m.: Humala just announced the creation of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, which had been rumored previously.

11:32 a.m.: Humala will raise the minimum monthly wage immediately from S/. 600 to S/. 675, and by 2012 to S/.750.

11:31 a.m.: He just said that Peru would have a market economy open to the world. On the other hand, he said that the government’s responsibility is not just to ensure economic growth, but also social inclusion.

11:30 a.m.: Humala just promised a "Peruvian model" for economic growth, stability and inclusion. He said that Peru would not follow the path of any other country.

11:28 a.m: Humala said he would protect human rights and the freedom of the press.

11:27 a.m.: Humala just said that Peru needed a new social contract. He has called the 1979 constitution an inspiration. Some members of Congress jeered the remark.

11:25 a.m.: Humala said that Peru needs "more government, more fatherland, and that corruption be punished."

11:20 a.m.: Members of Gana Peru have erupted into cheers of "Ollanta dignidad!" twice in the last few minutes.

11:17 a.m.: Humala has made reference to Fernando Belaunde and Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, founder of APRA, in his speech.

11:15 a.m.: Humala has promised to "construct a Peru for everyone." His speech has focused on social inclusion and equality so far.

11:14 a.m.: Humala is now addressing the Congress, while someo of the Congresspeople continue to jeer him. He has thanked the foreign heads of state and his family.

11:12 a.m.: Both of Humala’s two vice-presidents also swore in on the 1979 Constitution. For some context, that was the constitution signed by Fernando Belaunde Terry. It was replaced in 1993.

11:05 a.m.: The congresspeople from Keiko’s Fujimori’s Fuerza 2011 are demanding that Humala swear-in on the 1993 Constitution, passed by the government of Alberto Fujimori and currently in effect.

11:02 a.m.: Ollanta Humala has received the presidential sash from Daniel Abugattás. Humala is now the president of Peru.

11:01 a.m.: Humala said he would respect the 1979 constitution. The members of Gana Peru just erupted into cheers

10:59 a.m.: Ollanta Humala is now signing his oath and swearing-in

10:58 a.m.: Humala passes through the reception line, accompanied by chants of "Sí se pudo!" or "Yes we could!"

10:55 a.m.: Humala’s auto has arrived outside the Congress building and is about to enter.

10:48 a.m.: Humala is slowing traveling towards the Congress in an official car, but he’s about 30 minutes late already. Commuting in Lima can be tough.

10:28 a.m.: The foreign heads of state are being led into the Congress, accompanied by a military band.

10:19 a.m.: The television commentators seem very interested in first-lady-to-be Nadine Herredia’s dress. It’s very red, in a room full of lots of people in gray.

10:12 a.m.: Garcia’s presidential sash has been turned into the President of the Congress, Daniel Abugattás. Humala will be receiving a different sash.

10:10 a.m.: Earlier in the morning, Ollanta Humala and Alan Garcia attended the Mass and Te Deum at the Lima cathedral, given by Archbishop Juan Carlos Cipriani. Cipriani hoped that the Humala administration would bring true healing to the country, and that God would illuminate the new leader.

10:05 a.m.: President-elect Humala is traveling from the Palacio de Torre Tagle, where he has been waiting for some minutes, to the Congress

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