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World Peru: six months before the presidential election, Keiko Fujimori returns to politics

00:10  28 september  2020
00:10  28 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Lima (AFP) - Peru 's Keiko Fujimori -led opposition suffered a crushing blow at legislative elections , losing dozens of seats in the Congress it had dominated since 2016, according to early results Monday. A rapid count by the Ipsos research firm showed Fujimori 's Popular Force party's share of the vote

Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori has conceded to rival Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in run-off elections . The president - elect 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

Keiko Fujimori et son mari Mark Vito, le 29 novembre 2019 à Lima. © REUTERS / Guadalupe Pardo Keiko Fujimori and her husband Mark Vito, on November 29, 2019 in Lima.

In Peru, Keiko Fujimori returns to politics. Released from prison in May after three months of pre-trial detention and under house arrest as part of an investigation for corruption, the daughter of ex-president Alberto Fujimori announced her decision six months before the next presidential election.

She has never stopped commenting on the politics of her country but this time, Keiko Fujimori goes further. In a short video posted on her Twitter account, the leader of the opposition, targeted by an investigation for corruption, gets back directly into the political game.

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Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori accompanied by elected congressmen gives a speech to the media after Peru 's electoral office ONPE said she lost against Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the country's presidential election , at her party's headquarters in Lima, Peru , June 10, 2016.

The frontrunner in Peru 's presidential race Keiko Fujimori held her closing rally in Lima on Thursday night, ahead of Sunday's elections . SOT, Keiko

"Under the historic patronage of Alberto Fujimori and thanks to my 100% active return to Fuerza popular, we can overcome, more united than ever, the great difficulties facing Fujimorism", she announces.

Charges of corruption hang over her

This announcement falls six months before the next presidential election. So far, Keiko Fujimori has not applied. In her announcement, she was careful not to comment on the accusations of corruption against her, accusations that she continues to reject.

The justice suspects her of having received funds from the Brazilian construction group Odebrecht to finance her 2011 election campaign. The leader of the Fuerza Popular spent more than a year in detention. She was released from prison last May and is currently under house arrest.

According to an official of the right-wing populist party, the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori is the natural candidate of Fuerza Popular. In the last legislative elections last January, the main opposition force suffered a major setback, it lost nearly three quarters of its seats in Parliament.

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