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Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori Set to Resign: A Conversation with Rhoda Berenson

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Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is expected to submit his resignation today from the plush Tokyo hotel where he is holed up far from a corruption storm, but opposition leaders said they are preparing moves to oust him on grounds of moral unfitness.

Such a move could thwart Fujimori’s plans for his second vice president, Ricardo Marquez, to take over until early elections in April, and possibly allow the opposition to take over the presidency in a transitional government.

Today, a conversation with Rhoda Berenson, mother of American political prisoner Lori Berenson, who has been in a Peruvian prison since November of 1995 and given a life sentence on charges of treason to the fatherland after being tried by a hooded military court. Recently Peru vacated the sentence and she faces a second trial, this time in a civilian court.

Guest:

  • Rhoda Berenson, mother of American political prisoner Lori Berenson, who is imprisoned in Peru, and author of the book "Lori: My Daughter, wrongfully imprisoned in Peru."

Tape:

  • Lori Berenson, speaking in an exclusive interview with Democracy Now! taped in March of 1999.

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