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Peru President’s Wife Begins Hunger Strike

Wed., Jan. 18, 1995

The estranged wife of President Alberto Fujimori began a hunger strike Tuesday to protest the disqualification of her candidacy for Congress.

The elections board ruled Monday that Susana Higuchi’s entire slate for the 120 seats in Congress is invalid because it entered the same candidates in multiple races in the April 9 congressional elections.

Higuchi said she would fast “to the very end.”

Higuchi and Fujimori have been feuding publicly since July, when Congress passed the so-called “Susana Law,” which prohibits the president’s immediate family members from running for national office. She claims the law is unconstitutional.

In December, she announced she is seeking a divorce from Fujimori.

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