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Mario Vargas Llosa: I won't run for Peru's presidency

7th December 2010

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has ruled out running for the presidency of his home country again.

Collecting the 2010 Nobel Prize for literature in Stockholm last night (December 6th), Vargas Llosa revealed that he only stood against Alberto Fujimori in 1990 because Peru was 'on the point of collapse', Reuters reported.

'We had practically a civil war ... we had hyperinflation ... It was because of those circumstances that I had the necessity of political participation. I certainly won't repeat this experience,' the 74-year-old explained.

He also said that he hopes the 2011 presidential election in Peru will build on the peace the country has seen in recent years to improve its democratic process.

In addition, the author told the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel prizes, that he is still surprised to have won its literature honour and joked that he wonders if it is a 'universal misunderstanding'.

Vargas Llosa has written more than 30 novels, plays and essays including Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Bad Girl and The Temptation of the Impossible.
 

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