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Peru’s socialist social gathering chief cites ‘victory’ as vote rely nears finish By Reuters

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© Reuters. Peru’s presidential candidate Pedro Castillo addresses supporters from the headquarters of the “Free Peru” social gathering, in Lima, Peru June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Alessandro Cinque

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By Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino

LIMA (Reuters) – The chief of the socialist social gathering that seems poised to win Peru’s presidential election claimed “victory” on Friday with its candidate Pedro Castillo holding a razor-thin over right-wing Keiko Fujimori.

With greater than 99.5% of votes tallied and solely a handful of contested ballots to be added, Castillo had 50.2% of the vote, round 60,000 votes forward of Fujimori who has pushed allegations of fraud, although with little proof.

The nation’s electoral authority has but to substantiate the win, however most observers and a few regional leftist leaders together with from Argentina and Bolivia and have proclaimed Castillo because the victor.

“A number of presidents on the earth are congratulating the victory of Pedro Castillo, in different phrases, he has stable worldwide legitimacy,” wrote Vladimir Cerron, the chief of the Free Peru social gathering, on Twitter.

Cerron, a Cuba-trained surgeon and Marxist-Leninist, is a former regional governor who couldn’t run for president himself as he has been sentenced on corruption grounds previously.

Fujimori has but to concede the election with fewer than 100,000 votes remaining and her supporters have referred to as for protests in opposition to the end result.

The daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori, she has doubled down on unsubstantiated allegations of fraud, and members of her social gathering have stated they won’t concede till all votes and appeals are counted, which may nonetheless take days.

Castillo himself has additionally stopped in need of proclaiming himself the winner, though he did say earlier this week that the social gathering had assured him he can be the winner.

The election has bitterly divided Peruvians, with higher-income residents supporting Fujimori whereas low-income ones supported Castillo.

Castillo, an elementary faculty trainer and the son of impoverished peasant farmers, has galvanized rural help in Peru. He was not a member of the Free Peru social gathering earlier than his presidency run. It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not he would undertake a far-leftist stance for the financial system if in energy.

In latest days, he has recruited Pedro Francke, a reasonable left economist as his adviser, who has seemed to foster a extra market-friendly tone.

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