Thursday, June 10, 2021

Presidential Victory In Sight For Peruvian Socialist Pedro Castillo


Reuters: Victory in Sight for Peru´s Castillo With 70,000 Vote Margin as Fraud Claims Muddy Water 

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo maintained a slim lead over rival Keiko Fujimori on Thursday morning with 99.998% of the votes counted and as electoral authorities met to scrutinise contested votes. 

Castillo, an elementary school teacher and political novice who won widespread grassroots backing for pledges to rewrite the constitution of the world's No. 2 copper producer and redistribute wealth, had 50.2% of the vote, maintaining a 0.4 percentage point lead over right-wing Keiko Fujimori, or 71,441 votes. 

Some 300,000 contested votes are being scrutinized by an electoral jury, a process that will take several days to complete and could delay the announcement of who will be the next president to take over from interim leader Francisco Sagasti at the end of July. However analysts said any outstanding votes were now unlikely to tip the balance.  

Read more ....  

Update #1: Peru Leftist Signals Victory With Almost All Votes Counted (Bloomberg) 

Update #2: Fujimori seeks ballots annulled as leftist Castillo leads in Peru's presidential vote (France 24)  

WNU Editor: It looks like this 71,000 vote lead is going to hold. 


Peru is on the verge of electing someone who has vowed to transform the entire country. From my experience when a country is this deeply divided, transforming it will produce a massive backlash from those who did not vote for the winning party. It looks like this is where Peru is now heading.

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