Peru’s socialist party chief cites ‘victory’ as vote count nears end By Reuters

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© Reuters. Peru’s presidential candidate Pedro Castillo addresses supporters from the headquarters of the “Free Peru” get together, in Lima, Peru June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Alessandro Cinque

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By Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino

LIMA (Reuters) – The chief of the socialist get together that seems poised to win Peru’s presidential election claimed “victory” on Friday with its candidate Pedro Castillo holding a razor-thin over right-wing Keiko Fujimori.

With greater than 99.5% of votes tallied and solely a handful of contested ballots to be added, Castillo had 50.2% of the vote, round 60,000 votes forward of Fujimori who has pushed allegations of fraud, although with little proof.

The nation’s electoral authority has but to substantiate the win, however most observers and a few regional leftist leaders together with from Argentina and Bolivia and have proclaimed Castillo because the victor.

“A number of presidents on this planet are congratulating the victory of Pedro Castillo, in different phrases, he has stable worldwide legitimacy,” wrote Vladimir Cerron, the chief of the Free Peru get together, on Twitter.

Cerron, a Cuba-trained surgeon and Marxist-Leninist, is a former regional governor who couldn’t run for president himself as he has been sentenced on corruption grounds prior to now.

Fujimori has but to concede the election with fewer than 100,000 votes remaining and her supporters have referred to as for protests towards the consequence.

The daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori, she has doubled down on unsubstantiated allegations of fraud, and members of her get together have stated they won’t concede till all votes and appeals are counted, which may nonetheless take days.

Castillo himself has additionally stopped wanting proclaiming himself the winner, though he did say earlier this week that the get together had assured him he could be the winner.

The election has bitterly divided Peruvians, with higher-income residents supporting Fujimori whereas low-income ones supported Castillo.

Castillo, an elementary college instructor and the son of impoverished peasant farmers, has galvanized rural assist in Peru. He was not a member of the Free Peru get together earlier than his presidency run. It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not he would undertake a far-leftist stance for the economic system if in energy.

In current days, he has recruited Pedro Francke, a reasonable left economist as his adviser, who has appeared to foster a extra market-friendly tone.

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