Keiko Fujimori

Keiko Fujimori
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President of Popular Force
Assumed office
9 March 2010
Preceded byPosition established
Member of Congress
In office
26 July 2006 – 26 July 2011
ConstituencyLima
First Lady of Peru
In role
23 August 1994 – 22 November 2000
PresidentAlberto Fujimori
Preceded bySusana Higuchi
Succeeded byNilda Jara de Paniagua
Personal details
Born
Keiko Sofía Fujimori Higuchi

(1975-05-25) 25 May 1975 (age 44)
Lima, Peru
Political partyPopular Force (2010–present)
Other political
affiliations
Alliance for the Future (2006–2010)
Spouse(s)Mark Villanella
Children2
ParentsAlberto Fujimori
Susana Higuchi
RelativesKenji Fujimori (brother)
Alma materStony Brook University
Boston University
Columbia University

Keiko Sofía Fujimori Higuchi (Spanish: [ˈkeiko soˈfi.a fuxiˈmoɾi iˈɣutʃi]; Japanese: [keːko ɸɯʑimoɾi]; born 25 May 1975)[1] (also known by the pseudoyms Señora K[2] (Mrs. K) and Ruth[3]) is a Peruvian politician and alleged head of a criminal organization within her own party, Fuerza Popular.[4][5][6]. She is the daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori[7] and Susana Higuchi. After the divorce of her parents, she served as First Lady from 1994 to 2000, becoming the youngest First Lady in the history of the Americas.[7][better source needed] In 2006, she was elected to the Congress of Peru. Fujimori leads the right-wing party Fuerza Popular and was their presidential candidate in the 2011 election runoff and the 2016 election runoff, losing both times, the 2016 election being a very close call, with the final count difference of less than 0.25%.[8]

Fujimori has been mentioned as being involved in the Odebrecht scandal[9] and on 31 October 2018, after seven days of considering the positions of Prosecutor José Domingo Pérez and Keiko Fujimori's defense team, Judge Richard Concepción Carhuancho sentenced her to 36 months of preventive prison, as part of an investigation of her alleged role as leader of a criminal organization within her political party "Fuerza Popular", and money laundering allegations of at least one million dollars involving Odebrecht, surrounding her 2011 presidential campaign.[10][11]

Early life

Keiko Fujimori graduated from the Peruvian Catholic School Colegio Sagrados Corazones Recoleta [es] (Recoleta Academy of the Sacred Hearts) in 1992; her siblings Kenji, Hiro and Sachi also studied at Recoleta.[12] The following year, she travelled to the United States to pursue a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She began her studies at Stony Brook University, and graduated in 1997 from Boston University with a business degree. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 2008.[13]

In August 1994, after the divorce of her parents, Keiko was appointed First Lady of Peru. At 19 years of age and still a student,[14] from April 1994 to November 2000, she assumed the administration of Fundación por los Niños del Perú [es] (Foundation for the Children of Peru),[15] and created Fundación Peruana Cardioinfantil (Peruvian Foundation for Infant Cardiology),[16] which she presided over from 1996 to 2006,[citation needed] and dedicated her activities to help low-income families nationwide.[clarification needed] She summoned the Peruvian business community to contribute to her social projects.[clarification needed]

Her mother, Susana Higuchi, said that she was subjected to repeated efforts to silence her accusations of corruption involving her husband, President Fujimori, and his close relatives with donations from Japan. In 2001, Higuchi told investigators probing the corruption of the Fujimori years that she had been tortured "five hundred times" by the intelligence services of the Peruvian Army.[17] and told the press that President Fujimori had ordered for her to be killed, to which the president's right hand, Vladimiro Montesinos had refused on the ground of being a devout Catholic.[18] Her father denied that Higuchi had been tortured. He said the scars on her back and neck were not from torture but from a traditional Japanese herbal treatment called moxibustion.