July 28, 2011 / 4:00 PM / in 6 years

Leftist Humala sworn in as Peru's president

LIMA, July 28 (Reuters) - Leftist Ollanta Humala was sworn in as Peru’s president on Thursday, taking over the reins of one of the world’s fastest-growing economies as poor voters increasingly demand a share of the country’s boom.

The former army commander, 49, has sought to distinguish himself from his predecesor, Alan Garcia, who was criticized for leaving a third of Peruvians mired in poverty.

Humala, a former radical, has promised to govern as a moderate and keep much of the existing free-market economic model intact. (Reporting by Terry Wade; editing by Jackie Frank)

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