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Monday, 30 July, 2001, 06:45 GMT 07:45 UK
In Pictures: Toledo celebrates Inca roots
Peru's first president with native Indian ancestry, Alejandro Toledo, travelled to the ancient Inca fortress of Machu Picchu for a special celebration to mark his inauguration.

The ceremony was performed by local priests who burnt offerings of flowers and coca leaves.

Machu Picchu ceremony
It was an occasion for children as much as adults

Indigenous dancer
Local indigenous groups dressed in traditional costumes performed a variety of songs and dances

Onlookers await President Toledo
Thousands of people turned out to welcome the new president, who arrived for the symbolic ritual by helicopter

Machu Picchu ceremony
The ceremony was a display of Peru's pride in its national identity

Machu Pichu ceremony
The president - who has native Indian roots - received many traditional gifts

President Toledo
One political commentator describes President Toledo as having the qualities of a modern-day Inca emperor

See also:

05 Jun 01 | Americas
Toledo wins power in Peru
26 Jun 01 | Americas
How Montesinos was betrayed
26 Oct 00 | Americas
Hunt for Peru spy chief
14 Dec 00 | Americas
Missing spy chief 'has fled Peru'
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