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Keiko Fujimori

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Keiko Sofia Fujimori Higuchi (born 1975) is a Peruvian politician, daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and Susana Higuchi. In August 1994 her father named her First Lady of Peru after stripping her mother of the title; she was the youngest First Lady in Peru and in the history of the Americas.

In 2004, Fujimori married Mark Villanella, an American citizen from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. After over a year of residence in the United States, she returned to Peru to announce her father's candidacy in the April 2006 Peruvian presidential election, though he was forbidden to participate in any political activity until 2011 under a congressional ban. While in the United States Fujimori attended the highly regarded Columbia Business School in Manhattan for a year and a half and obtained a business degree from Boston University School of Management. In April 2006, while her father was detained in neighboring Chile, Fujimori was elected congresswoman for the Peruvian Congress, obtaining the highest vote nationwide.

On the night of September 21, 2007, Peruvian police sent a plane to take Alberto Fujimori, 69, back from Chile for trial on human rights charges. The plane (with Peru's General Director of National Police David Rodriguez and 4 Interpol officers and doctors) arrived in Santiago that Saturday morning; Keiko Fujimori was waiting for his arrival at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport.

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