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Meet Alejandro Toledo

Ronald Bruce St John

in Toledo's Peru

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813035215
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038902 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035215.003.0002
Meet Alejandro Toledo

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This chapter introduces Alejandro Toledo, tracing his life, education, and development from a shoeshine boy in the impoverished Andean region of Áncash to his election to the presidency of Peru. Alejandro Toledo, as a presidential candidate and later as a president, was many things to many people. As a presidential candidate, his rags-to-riches story made him a darling of the international press, as well as among lower-class voters who looked to him as a role model. With a mixed ethnicity and distinct Indian features, he appealed to many Peruvians, traditionally excluded from the political mainstream, who shared a similar ancestry.

Keywords: Alejandro Toledo; presidential candidate; success story; international media; mixed ethnicity; role model

Chapter.  8949 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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