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Fujimori Calls New Elections

September 17, 2000

LIMA, Peru (AP) _ President Alberto Fujimori announced in a nationwide television address Saturday night that he was calling new elections. He said he would not be a candidate.

Fujimori also said he would deactivate the National Intelligence Service, whose head has been at the center of an alleged bribery scandal that had prompted opposition leaders demanding new elections.

The authoritarian Fujimori was reelected in voting earlier this year that the opposition had decried as fraudulent and that was criticized by the United States and the Organization of American States.

``After a profound reflection, and an objective evaluation of the cirumstances, I have made the decision, first, to deactivate the system of national intelligence and, in second place, call in the quickest time possible general elections,″ Fujimori said in his address.

``In these general elections, it’s obvious he who is speaking will not participate,″ he said. He did not announce a date for the new vote.

Fujimori’s move came after a video was released Thursday allegedly showing intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos, a close Fujimori adviser, offering bribes to an opposition congressman to support the government.

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