Toledo in talks to form alliance for presidential election

Former President Alejandro Toledo, who officially announced on Wednesday that he will run in Peru’s 2011 presidential election, said that his Peru Posible party is currently in talks with three other parties to form an alliance for the upcoming elections, state news agency Andina reported.

Members of Peru Posible are in talks with the Fuerza Social, Accion Popular and Somos Peru parties about forming an alliance for the presidential elections in April.

Toledo said he talked with Susana Villaran, who was recently elected the mayor of Lima running on the Fuerza Social ticket.

“I spoke with Susana Villaran last night and… there is a group of our people in talks with a group of hers,” Toledo said, adding: “We don’t have any alliance yet.”

Toledo was President of Peru from 2001-2006. Plagued by a constant barrage of media attacks during his administration, his approval ratings were exceptionally low despite success on a number of fronts.   In recent polls, he has been in third place consistently behind Lima’s former mayor Luis Castañeda and Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori.

The head of Peru’s Nationalist Party, Ollanta Humala, has been in fourth place. Humala is expected to launch his campaign before November 20. Humala was narrowly defeated by President Alan Garcia in a second round run off in the 2006 presidential elections.

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