Elections in Peru: Pedro Castillo and …

The Peruvian presidential candidate, Pedro Castillo, went on to lead the scrutiny still underway, receiving 50.076% of the vote against 49.924% obtained by right-wing Keiko Fujimori, with 94.059% of the vote.

This latest report turns – in part – to a conclusion that favored Keiko all morning, and cConfirms the trend that appeared with the progress of the countWhich narrowed the difference more and more.

A few hours before the ONPE counting, an Ipsos Fujimori poll gave a 50.3% advantage over its rival 49.7%, but to add to the uncertainty, after a quick count of the votes, the same poll gave the opposite result, with 50.2% for a rural school teacher and 49.8% for a daughter Imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori.

Fernando Twista, former president of ONPE, said the quick count, which has a margin of error of 1%, was “never wrong” in the Peruvian presidential election.

“The closest thing to the end result is [conteo rápido] Ipsos,” Tuesta commented via Twitter.

In this way, the votes of countryside, forests and abroad can determine Sunday’s presidential vote in Peru, adding political uncertainty to a country devastated by the pandemic and in recession.

Hours earlier, the first official vote count at 42% of polling stations sparked fits of jubilation in Lima’s affluent neighborhoods, such as Miraflores, as people went to their windows to celebrate Fujimori’s partial victory (at the time for about six). points).

“Long live Peru!” an AFP journalist confirmed. , “Kiko won!” A boom echoed from buildings in the middle of deserted streets due to the nighttime curfew enforced by the pandemic.

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“These results are met with joy but given that the margin is so small, it is also necessary to preserve wisdom, and I say this to all Peruvians,” Fujimori said last night in a brief statement at his headquarters. in Lima.

“The campaign is over and it will be necessary to build bridges and create spaces for dialogue between all political groups,” said the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori.

“When you see the exit point map, what appears are two large blocks, with the citizens all wanting change, but with a different vision of the homeland,” he said, and “that change must be sought who wins.” , as shown in the live broadcast of the Peruvian channel Panamericana TV.

Castillo, 51, reacted calmly to the partial check and warned his native Cajamarca (north): “We still need to count our votes, from the rural areas.”

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