Friday, June 10, 2016

Peru elects economist

Peru election: Kuczynski wins, but Fujimori has yet to concede

Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski gestures to followers in Lima, Peru, June 5, 2016.Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionPedro Pablo Kuczynski is an economist who wants to revive Peru's economy
With all votes counted, the economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski appears to have won the majority of votes in Peru's cliff-hanger presidential election.
The electoral commission said he received 50.12% of votes, against 49.88% for his rival, Keiko Fujimori. 
About 50,000 ballots must first be settled by an electoral court before a winner can be officially declared.
Ms Fujimori has yet to concede, but Mr Kuczynski tweeted his thanks to the Peruvian people.
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski says thank you Peru on TwitterImage copyrightTWITTER
"It's time to work together for the future of our country," he told his followers on Twitter
This has been the tightest fought election in Peru in five decades.
As the last few votes were counted, the candidates remained neck-and-neck, with Mr Kuczynski leading by a tiny margin.
Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori gestures to followers in Lima, Peru, June 5, 2016.Image copyrightAP
Image captionKeiko Fujimori had led opinion polls for months
The closeness of the result came as a surprise after polls in the run-up to the election had suggested Ms Fujimori had a comfortable lead. 
Analysts said corruption scandals in Ms Fujimori's Popular Force Party may have dented her support since April, when she comfortably won the first round of voting.
She is the daughter of Peru's former President, Alberto Fujimori, who is in jail for crimes against humanity.

'Promoting economic growth'

Mr Kuczynski, who is an ex-Wall Street financier, said he would use his international financial experience to promote economic growth.
He has the support of prominent figures such as Nobel-Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa and left-wing candidate Veronika Mendoza, who came third in the first round of voting.
But he has faced scrutiny over his close relationship to Peru's business elite.

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