Castillo and Fujimori in the second round of the presidential election

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Castillo and Fujimori in the second round of the presidential election







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The second round of the presidential election in Peru will oppose on June 6 Pedro Castillo, the candidate of the radical left, and Keiko Fujimori, the representative of the populist right. This is indicated by the almost final results made public on Tuesday.

The official results will not be pronounced until the beginning of May by the National Election Jury (JNE) after the exhaustion of all remedies, but the two leading candidates can no longer be caught after the counting of more than 96% of the ballots. .

Pedro Castillo, a 51-year-old schoolteacher obtained 19.09% of the vote, while the candidate of the populist right has 13.36% of the vote.

Far-right businessman Rafael Lopez Aliaga (11.68%) and liberal economist Hernando de Soto (11.64%) can no longer catch up with the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000 ). Eighteen candidates were in contention for the first round of the presidential election on Sunday.

Surprise

The race for the lead of Pedro Castillo, a novice in politics, is a surprise. The teacher had come out of anonymity in 2017 thanks to a vast movement of teachers’ strike of which he had taken the lead.

Keiko Fujimori, 45, has managed to get rid of the corruption charges against her. The prosecution recently demanded thirty years in prison against him in connection with the investigation into the Odebrecht scandal, named after a Brazilian construction giant, who admitted to having paid bribes to numerous political leaders Latin Americans.

Like the presidential election, the Peru Libre parties of Pedro Castillo (17%) and Fuerza popular of Keiko Fujimori (12%) lead the legislative elections which were also held on Sunday after the counting of 90% of the ballots. Seven other parties have more than 5% of the vote.

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