World Peru election race tightens a week before polarized vote
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By Marco Aquino
LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo and right-wing opponent Keiko Fujimori are neck-and-neck in the polls just one week ahead of the Andean copper-producing country's polarized presidential election on June 6.
A poll from Ipsos Peru on Sunday showed the two candidates within 2 percentage points of each other and the gap between them narrowing versus the pollster's previous survey, suggesting a tight race in the crossroads vote for the country.
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The poll showed Castillo, a teacher who has pledged to redraft Peru's constitution and take a larger slice of profits from miners, rising 2 points to have 42% of the vote. Fujimori meanwhile rose 3 points to garner 40% of the vote.
The election, amid one of the world's toughest coronavirus outbreaks and a sharp economic plunge, could tilt the country, a relative investor safe-haven in Latin America, sharply to the left or bring the controversial Fujimori family back to power.
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Former president Alberto Fujimori, Keiko Fujimori's father, is currently serving a long jail sentence for corruption and human rights abuses. Keiko herself is facing an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption that she denies.
The survey was carried out on May 28 and included 1,526 people, with a margin of error of 2.51%. Undecided votes made up 18% of those surveyed, down from 23% in the previous poll.
"It could be said that both contenders are in a statistical tie. However, taking other studies into account, it would be more appropriate to say that they are getting closer," said Ipsos CEO Alfredo Torres.
Another poll released on Sunday, in this case by the Peruvian Studies Institute (IEP), showed that voting intentions towards Castillo dropped to 40.3% from a previous 44.8%, while the support for Fujimori advanced to 38.3% from 34.4%.
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Left behind in modern Peru, rural poor find a voice ahead of electionPUNA, Peru (Reuters) - When Luceli Banda Medina, 21, the first woman in her family to read and write, left the poor, isolated northern Peruvian village of Puna to study nursing, she always dreamed what her life would have been like had she been born in a city.
As the election race has heated up, thousands of Fujimori supporters marched through Lima on Saturday night to reject what they called Castillo's "communism", while last week another march saw people protest against Fujimori and corruption.
Peru's markets rose on Friday after a poll showed the race tightening. Castillo, who was a shock winner of the first round vote, has sent jitters through markets and miners worried about more potential state intervention.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Chizu Nomiyama)
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