Peru's President, Francisco Morales Bermudez, visited the shanty town of Villa el Salvador on Tuesday (18 May) for the first time.
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Background: Peru's President, Francisco Morales Bermudez, visited the shanty town of Villa el Salvador on Tuesday (18 May) for the first time.
To outward appearances, Villa el Salvador is one of the many similar shanty towns that exist in Latin America. However, the village is different in that the 250,000 inhabitants govern themselves.
The village, known locally as 'Young Town', was created five years ago when the land was invaded by people, who had made for the Peruvian capital, Lima, in search of employment.
The inhabitants asked President Morales for better food, water and transport services, during his visit. The President made a tour of the village and spoke with local leaders.
The visit came shortly after the President said that there was no immediate prospect of a return to civilian rule in Peru. He said the armed forces would remain in power until the achievements of the military revolution launched in 1968 became irreversible. But when that moment arrives, it would be possible to hold general elections based on universal suffrage.
General Morales came to power after a coup in August 1975 which ousted the former President, Juan Velasco.