Peru president says he'd like third term -- in 2016

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peruvian President Alan Garcia, who won elections in 1985 and 2006, says he'd like to try again -- in 2016.

The 59-year-old leader says in an interview that "of course" he'd enjoy a third term.

Peru's constitution bans immediate re-election, but presidents can run again after sitting out a term.

Garcia's first term, from 1985 to 1990, is remembered largely as a disaster for the four-digit inflation his populist programs sparked. He won last year amid fear that his rival, Ollanta Humala, would take Peru toward Venezuela-style socialism.

Garcia is now seen as fiscally responsible, and Peru is predicting 9 percent growth this year.

His interview with the newspaper El Comercio was published Thursday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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