Fujimori’s lead narrows when a rural vote is entered

Peruvian rival presidential candidates Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori

Early results show a very close competition between political rookie Pedro Castillo and family name Keiko Fujimori.

Right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori was found to be slightly ahead of left-wing Pedro Castillo in the Peruvian presidential election.

With a turnout of over 85%, Fujimori had a 1.5-point lead over rookie Castillo.

Her early lead narrowed as votes came from regions with strong support for Castillo.

This is the most polarized election in Peru’s recent history, calling on both candidates to stay calm during the count.

As Peru suffers from recession and the highest per capita coronavirus mortality rate in the world, the new president will confront a country at stake.

Peruvians have been in political turmoil for years, with four presidents born in the last three years. In November, three different leaders were born in less than a week. Seven of the country’s recent ten leaders have been investigated for corruption.

Overview of Peru

  • The country’s population is about 32 million

  • Inequality remains particularly high between people living in urban and rural areas

  • The pandemic has hit hard and now nearly one-third of the population is in poverty.

  • It has experienced a series of political crises over the last few years, led by three presidents within a week last November.

Source: World Bank, CIA Factbook

Household name v Political rookie

Keiko Fujimori (46) is the leader of the right-wing Popular Force Party and a well-known Peruvian family. She was a former member of the House of Representatives and was second in the 2011 and 2016 presidential elections.

She is also the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori, who was imprisoned.Has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for corruption and human rights abuses. She says she will forgive her father if she wins.

There was a celebration scene outside her party headquarters in the capital Lima. However, election officials say early results reflect votes from her most popular urban areas.

“What we have to seek is the unity of all Peruvians, so I have peace, patience and peace in both groups, both those who voted for us and those who did not. “I want,” Fujimori said.

Keiko Fujimori supporters celebrated early achievements

Keiko Fujimori’s supporters celebrated the early results showing her with a few leads

Pedro Castillo, 51, was a relatively new face on the political arena and was an unexpected winner in the first vote in April.

As an elementary school teacher, he can easily be identified by the cowboy hat and oversized pencil used in his campaign, which is a symbol of the Peruvian Libre National Party. The son of a small farmer, he is widely supported in rural areas.

Pedro Castillo waving to supporters in the town of Takabamba

Pedro Castillo waving to supporters in the town of Takabamba

Previous exit polls by Ipsos Peru Initially, he was only 0.4 percentage points ahead of Castillo. It sent his supporters, screaming “winning” in the town of Takabamba, near the village where he grew up and waiting for the results.

Castillo also called on the Peruvians to stay calm as the votes continued to be counted.

“We trust people’s will and hope we can be calm and patience at this democratic festival today. Hurray Peru,” he told supporters from the balcony through a loudspeaker.

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