Lima (Peru): Eduardo Nayap Kinin became the first congressman of indigenous descent in Peru’s history after winning a seat in Congress for the northern Amazon region.

According to final results from the National Office of Electoral Processes, Nayap Kinin of the Gana Peru party defeated rival Jose Maslucan with 100 per cent of votes tallied -- 17,556 to 16,051.

“I am not only representative of the people of Wampis and Awajun, but I am a representative of the entire Amazon region,” he said.

He said his goal is to investigate the violence occurred in June, 2009 between authorities and native groups protesting for indigenous rights, which saw killing of 10 locals along with 24 policemen.

Indigenous activists launched protests that turned deadly because the government gave a green signal to foreign corporations extracting natural resources from the Amazon basin region without consulting them.

In a recently concluded general election, ex-military official Ollanta Humala and populist conservative Keiko Fujimori emerged as winners for the June 5 presidential runoff.