Peru president promises fewer words, more action

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Posted: Aug 12, 2011 8:23 PM
Peru president promises fewer words, more action

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has an explanation for his relative reticence since taking office two weeks ago.

The 49-year-old former army officer has hardly spoken publicly.

He told reporters Friday that his would be a government of "fewer words and more action." That was a clear dig at his predecessor, Alan Garcia.

Garcia was never at a loss for words. But his verbosity didn't help him win over residents of the coastal city of Pisco, which Humala visited Friday.

Garcia was broadly criticized for doing little to rebuild Pisco after a 2007 earthquake leveled it.

Humala promised Friday to invest more than $100 million in reconstruction.