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Peru elections: Fujimori and Humala set for runoff vote

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on April 11, 2011

by Rory Carroll for The Guardian, April 11th, 2011.

Presidential polls will go to second round, pitting a leftwing former army officer against a disgraced autocrat’s daughter

A leftwing former army officer and the rightwing daughter of a disgraced autocrat will contest a runoff election in Peru, according to partial results from Sunday’s presidential election.

Ollanta Humala, a one-time protege of Venezuela‘s Hugo Chávez, won about 30% of the vote, more than any other candidate in a crowded field. Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of the disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori, appeared to have come second with approximately 23%.

Supporters of each candidate celebrated on Monday and said Peru, a fast-growing economy riven by poverty and inequality, had made a bold break with established politics. Critics, however, despaired that three centrist candidates had split the “moderate” vote and gifted victory to two populists from opposing ends of the ideological spectrum.

Mario Vargas Llosa, the Nobel prizewinning writer and former presidential candidate, said Humala was a Chávez-style demagogue and Fujimori would release torturers and corrupt cronies from her father’s era. He compared the choice to “Aids and terminal cancer”.

With about three-quarters of votes counted, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former minister and World Bank economist, was running third with 20.5%, just behind Fujimori. He all but conceded defeat. “It’s almost certain the second round will be between Ollanta and Keiko,” he said.

Alejandro Toledo, a former president, was fourth with about 16% and Luis Castañeda, a former mayor of the capital, Lima, trailed fifth with about 10%. (continue reading… )

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