Campaign slogans reading "Hitler returns" and "Hitler with the
people" have appeared around the highland town of Yungar, where
local politician Hitler Alba is seeking a new term as mayor.
"I'm the good Hitler," Alba said on local broadcaster RPP.
Stressing that he rejects what Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler stood
for, Alba said he wants to oversee a fair and transparent
government in Yungar, a farming town in Peru's central Andes.
But Alba's campaign this year came under attack by Lennin
Vladimir Rodriguez Valverde, a resident of a neighboring
district who tried to block Alba's inscription as a candidate.
Electoral authorities rejected the request last week, allowing
Hitler to appear on voting cards for the Oct. 7 elections.
In Peru and elsewhere in Latin America, parents often choose
foreign and exotic-sounding first names for their children
despite negative associations abroad.
Last year an Osama Vinladen was named to Peru's national
juvenile football team.
Alba said his father was unaware of who Adolf Hitler was when he
named him. After learning the history behind it, Alba said he
considered changing his name but eventually accepted it.
(Reporting By Marco Aquino, Writing By Mitra Taj, Editing by
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