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Fujimori to Run for President of Peru Again

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has announced he will run for president again in the upcoming election.

Mr. Fujimori made the announcement at a news conference Thursday, in Japan.

He has been living in self-imposed exile in Japan since fleeing Peru in November 2000 in the midst of a corruption scandal.

He was granted Japanese nationality due to his ancestry, but last month received a new Peruvian passport.

Peruvian prosecutors have also petitioned Japan to extradite Mr. Fujimori so he can face criminal charges on allegations ranging from abuse of power and embezzlement to sanctioning a paramilitary death squad. He has denied all the charges.

Peru's congress has banned him from holding public office again until at least 2010.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.