May 19, 2022

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Keiko Fujimori led the presidential election

Right-wing populist candidate Keiko Fujimori received 52.9% of the vote in Peru on Sunday, June 6, at the end of the first official phase of the presidential election, with 47.09% of the vote to his far-left rival, Pedro Castillo. Electoral System (ONPE). That figure includes 42% of the 86,488 polling stations, described ONPE President Piero Corvette.

Experts had predicted a close ballot. The two who won the first round had promised on April 11, the day before, out of 18 candidates, that they would respect the verdict of the ballot box.

“We will be respectful” In terms of the number of votes cast, 51-year-old Castillo said he wore the usual white cap of his home region during his voting. “Whatever the outcome, I respect the will of the people.”, Added MMe Fujimori, 46, who voted in the capital district.

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The daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for corruption and crimes against humanity, ascended for a third time in the second round after two consecutive defeats in 2011 and 2016. “Wrong”.

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Divided country

Torn between two peaks that did not identify themselves, voters were particularly concerned with the dangerous statistics of the epidemic caused by the corona virus that killed more than 184,000 people, making Andean the fifth worst country in the world.

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Although two apparently hostile candidates have called for unity, the post-campaign campaign may be difficult as each camp has provoked fears and divided the country. The future president will have to take urgent action to tackle the country’s epidemic, recession and chronic institutional instability, with GDP falling by 11.12% by 2020. He was to present a fragmented parliament born of the legislature. April, and the usual alliances that led to the removal of the two presidents: Pablo Kuczynski of Puntarenas in 2018 and his successor Martin Viscarra in 2020.

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The new president will take office on July 28 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Peru’s independence, and will replace interim President Francisco Chastity, he urged his comrades. “Strictly respect the option expressed at the ballot box”. If won, Keiko Fujimori will be Peru’s first female leader and the first to follow a family dynasty in the United States.

World with AFP