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Peru's new president vows to tackle corruption in wake of voting scandal

Peru's new president vows to tackle corruption in wake of voting scandal

New President Martin Vizcarra promised to fight Peru's corruption head-on as he assumed office Friday, vowing to heal the wounds left by a vote-buying scandal that abruptly forced his predecessor from office.

In his first address as president, the relatively unknown former governor of Peru's second-smallest state appealed for national unity and urged young Peruvians not to succumb to cynicism.

"Don't lose faith in our institutions," Vizcarra, who had been vice president, said in remarks to congress shortly after being draped in the red and white presidential sash. "Let us show you that Peru is bigger than its problems."

Vizcarra's 15-minute speech was...

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