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Peruvian president denies corruption for wearing a luxury watch

Lima, March 15 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian president, Dina Boluarte, affirmed today that the collection of watches she displays in her public activities is the result of her work and denied it had anything to do with corruption, without accepting cross-questions.

After an official activity, the president was asked about the revelation that since joining the Executive, as minister in 2021, until now, she has shown 14 watches in public, describing the report from the Internet media La Encerrona as “biased news.”

“I have been working since I was 18 years old and what I have is the product of my effort and my work,” she added and said that the Rolex watch, valued at 14 thousand dollars, which stands out in the collection of 14, was acquired a long time ago.

She added that she came to the Presidency “with clean hands and I will come out the same and not only because I have promised it to the people, but because it is in my DNA not to be corrupt,” she stated.

When a journalist asked her if, because it was an expensive property, she had included the Rolex in the asset declaration that senior officials must make, Boluarte only asked journalists to “not get into personal matters,” without accepting any further questions about the propert issue.

Analyst Nicolçás Lúcar commented that the president is going to have to respond to the matter even though she claims that it is a personal issue and pointed out that “the Rolex is an outward sign of wealth that she had not shown before being president.”

Television commentator Karina Novoa, who had refrained from talking about the issue until the president commented on the journalistic report, said that neither she nor the population believes her explanation.

She pointed out that she cannot be believed, taking into account that the majority of former presidents of the last 20 years are investigated or have been imprisoned for corruption crimes and she cannot say that the watches thing is a personal issue, because it is a matter of public interest. Commentator Manuel Rosas mentioned the possibility that the Rolex may have been a donation, wondered who and why would have given the gift to the president and suggested that the issue warrants an investigation.