Prohibition to come into force in Peru during presidential elections

Starting Friday until Monday at noon the sale of alcoholic beverages will be banned throughout Peru due to a prohibition instated in observance of the nation’s presidential elections on Sunday.

According to Article 390 of the electoral law, the sale of alcoholic beverages will be banned in bars, restaurants, discos, cafes, shops and stores, and the fine for selling spirits is set at $640.

The election will involve left-wing nationalist leader Ollanta Humala, 48, and right-wing populist Keiko Fujimori, 36, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, who served from 1990 through 2000 when he fled to his native Japan after a corruption scandal.

Fujimori attempted to resign from office while in Japan, however, Peruvian lawmakers refused to accept his resignation, preferring to impeach him instead. He was arrested in Chile in 2005 and extradited to Peru in 2007 to face charges on corruption and human rights abuses. He is currently serving 25 years in prison.

There is speculation that if Keiko Fujimori wins the presidency, she may pardon her father.

LIMA, June 3 (RIA Novosti) 

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