Peru: Pedro Castillo declared president

After over a month of uncertainty over election results, Peru’s election body confirmed socialist Pedro Castillo as the next president. Former school teacher Pedro Castillo has won the disputed election in Peru and will become the country’s next president, election officials said on Monday. The presidential vote, which had taken place on June 6, had been held up by claimsContinue reading “Peru: Pedro Castillo declared president”

Peru: Fujimori cries electoral fraud – and unleashes torrent of racism

Claims of rightwing candidate, trailing Pedro Castillo in the polls, emboldens far right, who have vowed not to accept result The prospect of the son of illiterate Andean peasants becoming president as his rival cries fraud has shaken Peru’s entrenched class system and its fragile democracy, letting loose a torrent of racism in the bicentennialContinue reading “Peru: Fujimori cries electoral fraud – and unleashes torrent of racism”

Peru’s Castillo builds election lead but Fujimori says won’t concede yet

Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo widened his lead against right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori in the country’s presidential vote on Monday, but she said she will not concede yet and alleged “irregularities,” although without showing much proof. The official count from Sunday’s election showed outsider candidate Castillo with 50.3% and Fujimori on 49.7%, with around 95% of the voteContinue reading “Peru’s Castillo builds election lead but Fujimori says won’t concede yet”

Ipsos poll shows tie on eve of Peru’s election, with Fujimori slightly ahead

An Ipsos poll on Saturday afternoon showed Peru’s runoff presidential election still locked in a statistical tie, but right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori is slightly ahead of leftist Pedro Castillo, by a 0.7 percentage point margin. Peruvians will head to the polls on Sunday in a bitterly divisive election that has pitted Fujimori, the daughter ofContinue reading “Ipsos poll shows tie on eve of Peru’s election, with Fujimori slightly ahead”

Peru forced sterilisations case: ‘They could get away with it’

Victims of mass forced sterilisations in the 1990s fear upcoming Peru presidential runoff results could close door to justice. Maria Elena Carbajal still vividly recalls the doctor’s chilling response when, from her hospital bed, she asked repeatedly to see her newborn son, Francisco. “Once you have the procedure, you can see him,” the mother ofContinue reading “Peru forced sterilisations case: ‘They could get away with it’”

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