July 28, 2011 / 4:28 PM / 9 years ago

Peru's Humala says growth will include the poor

LIMA, July 28 (Reuters) - Peru’s leftist President Ollanta Humala promised on Thursday to include the poor in the country’s economic boom.

He has promised to keep key economic policies in place while providing a minimum pension for all Peruvians over 65, taxing the windfall profits of mining companies and raising the minimum wage.

“We want the term ‘social exclusion’ to disappear from our language and lives forever,” Humala said in his first speech after being sworn in as the leader of one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. “Economic growth and social inclusion will march together.”

Humala has sought to distinguish himself from his predecessor, Alan Garcia, who was criticized for leaving a third of Peruvians mired in poverty despite surging economic growth. (Reporting by Terry Wade; Editing by Jackie Frank)

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