Peru’s left-wing presidential candidate Pedro Castillo surpassed right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori in a blitz but widening run on Monday, but the results highly polarized query stay too close to call.
With more than 95 percent of the vote, Castillo stood in front of Fujimori, gaining 50.2 percent of his support with 49.8 percent.
Sunday’s second round took place amid years of political instability in Peru, which is also struggling to overcome Tumor COVID-19 infection : mortality rates և the associated economic downturn. Country last week reports The highest per capita coronavirus mortality rate in the world.
“We will not know (the winner) until the final vote count,” political scientist Scient Esika Smith told AFP. “He is still very insecure. The difference is very small, we have to wait for the official result. “
As uncertainty mounted on Monday as to who would be the country’s next president, the Lima Stock Exchange fell to a record low of $ 3.92.
Immediate results can lead to days uncertainty և tension“The vote underscores the sharp differences between the capital, Lima, and the nation ‘s rural suburbs, which have prompted Castillo’ s sudden rise.
“All we want now is democracy, for everything to be democratic. “Whichever one wins, the other accepts it. It does not cause any trouble,” Lima voter Lily Rocha told Reuters after a scuffle broke out overnight.
Reporting from Lima on Monday, Al Azeri Azeri journalist Mariana Sanchez said that before the vote was very close, Castillo seemed to be extending his advantage over Fujimori.
“It will win with very few votes,” Sanchez said of the contest, explaining that ballots cast from outside could be key. “Initially, it was said that two-thirds of those votes were going to help Fujimori, but so far there is a tendency abroad that one-third of those votes are in favor of Keiko Fujimori, two-thirds of Castillo,” he said. ,
The votes of the rural community will also be very strong, Sanchez added, “will certainly help Castillo, as he has been widely campaigning in those parts of the country.”
Meanwhile, supporters of Castillo, the head of the teachers’ union, gathered at his headquarters in Lima on Monday. “People here, as you can imagine, are in a festive mood as the numbers continue to guide him,” Sanchez said.
For the first time since the announcement of the partial official results late Sunday evening, Castillo was moving forward, although the difference was razor sharp.
When Fujimori, the daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, was ousted, the head of Peru’s top electorate warned that many polling stations in rural areas, including Castillo, still had to be closed.
Both candidates promised to respect the results.
Faced with allegations of corruption, Fujimori has vowed to maintain economic stability in Peru “with his mother’s firm hand”. If he wins, he is more likely to win forgives his father, who is currently serving a prison sentence for human rights violations.
The champion of the poor, Castillo, has promised to change the constitution to strengthen the role of the state in order to make the most of profits from mining companies.
They had many Peruvians expressed disappointment on the eve of the first round of voting in April with political upheavals in the country.
Street vendor Natalia Flores told Reuters she did not vote for any of the candidates on Sunday, but hoped that whoever won would do a good job.
“Whoever comes forward, I think they should do a good job, because the problem of the epidemic in Peru is economically terrible for us. “The work is unstable,” he said. “Whether it is Mr. Castillo or Mrs. Caico (Fujimori), I hope they do a good job over the next five years.”