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Peru Elections Board Rejects Fujimori's Presidential Bid


Peru's national election council has formally rejected former president Alberto Fujimori's application to run in April's presidential election.

The board announced its decision Tuesday, noting that Peru's Congress banned Fujimori from holding public office until 2011.

Fujimori's daughter filed his application Friday on his behalf.

The former president is detained in Chile, where he was arrested in early November and is now fighting extradition to Peru. He is wanted on a number of charges involving human rights abuses and corruption.

Alberto Fujimori was Peru's president for a decade starting in 1990. In 2000 he fled to Japan and resigned his office because of a corruption scandal. He went to Chile in November with the intention of running for president in Peru.

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

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