Peru‘s former President Alberto Fujimori has a tumor in his lungs and won’t be making a return to politics, the one-time dictator has announced.
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"A small tumor in one of the lungs has been detected… I must be under observation every four months," said Fujimori in front of a Lima hospital.
"I have already retired from politics," Fujimori said, adding that the recent conflict between his two children, Keiko and Kenji, for leadership of his party is only "a temporary division" that "will eventually clear up."
Fujimori, 79, was recently pardoned by former, now disgraced President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski not even halfway through his 25-year sentence for human rights abuses and corruption committed during his tenure.
His presidential term between 1990 and 2000 oversaw massive abuses, including forced sterilizations, while he fought communist groups including the Shining Path, and the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement.
His pardon was widely protested in Peru, perceived as an effort by the embattled Kuczynski to cut a deal avoiding impeachment. He was forced to resign in March on accusations of corruption and vote buying.
Since being released from prison, Fujimori’s political commentary on Twitter had led some to think he may attempt a return to politics.