“I am conscious the outcomes of my authorities had been effectively obtained by some, however I acknowledge I additionally disillusioned different compatriots,” the ailing Fujimori mentioned, studying from notes whereas linked to tubes in a hospital mattress. “And to them, I make an apology from the underside of my coronary heart.”
The remarks had been Fujimori’s first express apology to the Andean nation that he ruled with an iron fist from 1990-2000.
They got here after two days of unrest as protesters slammed the pardon as an insult to victims and a part of a political deal to assist Mr Kuczynski survive a scandal.
The pardon cleared Fujimori’s convictions for graft and human rights crimes throughout his management of the rightwing authorities.
Late on Monday, Mr Kuczynski, a 79-year-old former Wall Road banker, appealed to Peruvians against the pardon to “flip the web page” and defended his resolution as justified clemency for a sick man whose authorities helped the nation progress.
“I can not preserve from expressing my profound gratitude for the advanced step that the president took, which commits me on this new stage of my life to decidedly help his name for reconciliation,” Fujimori mentioned.
(Writing and extra reporting by Mitra Taj; Modifying by Andrew Cawthorne and Bernadette Baum)
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