Peruvian President Files For DivorceAP , Associated Press
Jun. 10, 1995 8:47 PM ET
LIMA, PERU LIMA, Peru (AP) _ President Alberto Fujimori, who traded accusations and insults with his wife during a yearlong public dispute, has filed for divorce, court sources said Saturday.
The sources, who asked not to be identified, said Fujimori stated in divorce papers that the disintegration of his marriage to Susana Higuchi was already a fact.
The couple's problems became public last year when Mrs. Fujimori publicly accused her husband of issuing an election law to prevent her from running for office.
Later, she accused several of the president's relatives of corruption _ allegations that prosecutors dismissed.
Fujimori responded by accusing his wife of ``unloyalty and blackmail'' and stripping her of her ceremonial duties as first lady. She left the presidential residence and moved onto a university campus.
Fujimori won a landslide re-election to another five-year term earlier this year. His wife sent him a warm public congratulation that triggered speculation of a reconciliation.
But he quickly ended the speculation when he told a Brazilian newspaper that he was looking for a new wife, one ``who is intelligent and has beautiful legs.''
Fujimori, 56, an agronomist, and his wife, 44, an engineer, are both of Japanese descent. They were married in 1974 and have four children.