Photo: President-elect Already Facing a Possible Scandel as Brother Does Business with Russia Defense Dept.
The brother of Peru’s President-elect Ollanta Humala reportedly met with Russian arms dealers last week, despite early reports that he was not very involved in the Peruvian government’s dealings with Russian.
It has also been reported that Alexis Humala was never told by his brother of his political party, Gana Peru, to travel to Russia on the government’s behalf, where he met with Russia’s Defense Minister and Alexander Cheusov from the state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
Earlier this year, Rosoboronexport delivered helicopters to the Peruvian Defense Ministry to assist in their fight against illegal drug trafficking. Peru is one of South America’s main cocaine producers along with Bolivia and Columbia.
However, Gana Peru released a statement saying that while the president-elect’s brother is a member of the party’s National Executive Committee, he holds no official government post and was not sent for the meetings in Russia by them. Stating that any talks he had in Russia were personal in nature.
President-elect Humala, a left-leaning nationalist, will be sworn in on July 28 for a five year term following an election in which he promised to run a transparent, corruption-free government.
Columnist Augusto Alvarez Rodrich of La Republica said that Ollanta owes the people of Peru an “urgent explanation.”
“For a politician like Humala, who during his campaign significantly strengthened his candidacy thanks to his anti-corruption proposals, it would be regrettable that, so prematurely, he is using his term like the governments he criticized.”