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World Peru polls: Fujimori edges ahead but lead is narrow

11:30  07 june  2021
11:30  07 june  2021 Source:   bbc.com

Peru election race tightens a week before polarized vote

  Peru election race tightens a week before polarized vote Peru election race tightens a week before polarized voteLIMA (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.

Keiko Fujimori has edged ahead of her left-wing rival Pedro Castillo as the official count continues. image captionEarly results show a very close race between political newcomer Pedro Castillo (L) and household name Keiko Fujimori (R). Partial results show right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori has a narrow lead over left-wing Pedro Castillo in Peru 's presidential election. With more than 75% of votes counted, Ms Fujimori had a lead of 3.9 percentage points over newcomer Pedro Castillo.

Right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori was slightly ahead of leftist rival Pedro Castillo in Peru 's presidential runoff, according to an Ipsos exit poll released on Sunday evening. Fujimori had 50.3% of the vote, according to Ipsos, while Castillo had 49.7% just after polls closed at 7:00 p.m. (0000 UTC). Her father, who governed between 1990 and 2000, is serving a 25-year sentence for corruption and human rights abuses and remains a divisive figure in Peruvian politics. Fujimori has promised various bonuses to people, including a ,500 (€2,055) one-time payment to each family

Partial results show right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori has a narrow lead over left-wing Pedro Castillo in Peru's presidential election.

Keiko Fujimori wearing a costume: Early results show a very close race between political newcomer Pedro Castillo (L) and household name Keiko Fujimori (R) © AFP Early results show a very close race between political newcomer Pedro Castillo (L) and household name Keiko Fujimori (R)

With more than 75% of votes counted, Ms Fujimori had a lead of 3.9 percentage points over newcomer Pedro Castillo.

However many votes from rural areas are yet to be counted, and this is where Mr Castillo's support base is.

This is Peru's most polarised election in recent history, and both candidates have called for calm during the count.

The new president will be taking on a country in crisis as Peru struggles with a recession and the highest coronavirus death rate in the world.

Peruvians face choice for 'lesser evil' in presidential vote

  Peruvians face choice for 'lesser evil' in presidential vote Peruvians will be faced with choosing the "lesser evil" between rightwing populist Keiko Fujimori and radical leftwing unionist Pedro Castillo when voting for their new president on Sunday. Scandal-tainted Fujimori, 46, has reached the second-round runoff for the third election in a row, and is running level with schoolteacher Castillo in the most recent opinion polls. However, 18 percent of voters remain undecided between the two polar opposite candidates.

LIMA/TACABAMBA, Peru -Conservative candidate Keiko Fujimori is slightly ahead of socialist rival Pedro Castillo in Peru ’s nail-biting presidential runoff, according to an Ipsos exit poll released on Sunday evening. The statistical tie had Fujimori leading with 50.3% of the vote, while Castillo had 49.7%, within the margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, according to the poll . The results do not include overseas voters, who electoral officials said could be key in swinging the results.

(Bloomberg) -- Leftist Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Castillo maintained a shrinking but commanding lead over Keiko Fujimori ahead of the June 6 election, according to a poll released Friday by Datum.The survey, taken April 27-29, shows Castillo with 44% of voter preference versus 34 Castillo’s lead over Fujimori narrowed by five points since the last Datum survey conducted April 16-20. Read more: Peru Presidential Favorite Distances Himself From Marxist Allies. In a sign of how polarized the race is, 49% of those who planned to vote for Castillo said they were doing so because

Peruvians have had years of political turbulence, with four presidents in the past three years. In November, it had three different leaders in less than a week. Seven of the country's last 10 leaders have either been convicted of or investigated for corruption.

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Keiko Fujimori, 46, is the leader of the right-win Popular Force party and a household name in Peru. As well as a former member of congress, she was the he runner-up in the 2011 and 2016 presidential election run-offs.

She is also the daughter of jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year sentence for corruption and human rights abuses. She has said that if she is elected, she will pardon her father.

Peru confronts a fork in the road as it chooses a new president

  Peru confronts a fork in the road as it chooses a new president Two candidates with drastically different visions for Peru's future face off in a presidential run-off vote on Sunday, polarizing an electorate battered by the pandemic. © AP/Pool/Gettty Images Keiko Fujimori (L) is facing off against Pedro Castillo for the Peruvian presidency. Left-wing frontrunner Pedro Castillo is promising greater state control over markets and natural resources as part of a plan to bring the benefits of economic growth to Peru's poorest, while attempting to head off warnings that his policies will turn Peru into an economic basket case like Venezuela.

Peruvian presidential candidate, right-wing Keiko Fujimori , waves to her supporters as she leaves the polling station after casting her vote, during the presidential runoff election in Lima, on June 6, 2021 [Luka Gonzales/ AFP]. Presidential candidate Pedro Castillo uses a bullhorn to speak to his Opinion polls up to the day of the election showed a statistical dead heat, with Fujimori , who had earlier trailed Castillo, pulling slightly ahead at the end of campaigning. Hints of electoral challenges. Both have pledged vastly different remedies for rescuing Peru from the economic doldrums brought on by the

LIMA , Peru – An Ipsos poll on Saturday afternoon showed Peru ’s runoff presidential election still locked in a statistical tie, but right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori is slightly ahead of leftist Pedro Castillo, by a 0.7 percentage point margin. Peruvians will head to the polls on Sunday in a bitterly divisive election that has pitted Fujimori , the daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori , against Castillo, a little-known elementary school teacher. Voters are divided by class and geography, with urban and higher-income Peruvians leaning toward Fujimori , and poorer, rural Peruvians leaning

There have been scenes of celebrations outside her party's headquarters in Peru's capital, Lima. However electoral officials have said the early results reflect votes from urban areas, where she is most popular.

"What we have to look for is the unity of all Peruvians. That is why I ask both groups for calm, patience, peace, to those who voted and didn't vote for us," Ms Fujimori said.

a group of people wearing costumes: Supporters of Keiko Fujimori celebrated early results that showed her with a narrow lead, in Peru's capital Lima © Getty Images Supporters of Keiko Fujimori celebrated early results that showed her with a narrow lead, in Peru's capital Lima

Pedro Castillo, 51, is a relatively new face on the political stage, and was the unexpected winner in the first round vote in April.

An elementary school teacher, he is easily recognisable by his cowboy hat and oversized pencil that he campaigns with - the symbol of his Free Peru party. He is the son of peasant farmers and has widespread support in regional areas.

An earlier exit poll by Ipsos Peru initially put Mr Castillo in the lead by just 0.4 percentage points. It sent his supporters into the streets yelling "we won" in the town of Tacabamba, which is close to the village he grew up in and where he is waiting for the results.

Ipsos poll shows tie on eve of Peru's election, with Fujimori slightly ahead

  Ipsos poll shows tie on eve of Peru's election, with Fujimori slightly ahead Ipsos poll shows tie on eve of Peru's election, with Fujimori slightly aheadLIMA, Peru (Reuters) - An Ipsos poll on Saturday afternoon showed Peru's runoff presidential election still locked in a statistical tie, but right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori is slightly ahead of leftist Pedro Castillo, by a 0.7 percentage point margin.

A new poll in Peru shows that conservative candidate Keiko Fujimori now has a slight lead over leftist former army officer Ollanta Humala with one month to go before runoff presidential elections. The poll , released Monday, gives Fujimori 41 percent of voter support, compared with 39 percent for Humala. Fujimori is the daughter of imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori , who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for his role in death squad killings in the 1990s. There has been much concern that his daughter would try to free him if elected. Keiko Fujimori has apologized for mistakes and crimes

UPDATE 5- Peru election in balance as exit poll gives Fujimori razor-thin lead .

Hundreds gathered in the town's main square for a pro-Castillo concert on Sunday night, some violating Peru's coronavirus curfew of 23:00, Reuters news agency reported.

Mr Castillo also called for Peruvians to remain calm as the votes continue to be counted.

"We trust the will of the people and hope that today in this democratic festival, we can have calm and patience. Long live Peru," he told supporters from a balcony, speaking through a loudspeaker.

a person standing in front of a building: Pedro Castillo waves to supporters in the town of Tacabamba, as he waits for votes to be counted © Reuters Pedro Castillo waves to supporters in the town of Tacabamba, as he waits for votes to be counted

Peru at a glance

  • The country has a population of about 32 million
  • Inequality remains high, especially between those who live in urban and rural areas
  • The pandemic has hit it hard, and nearly a third of its people are now in poverty
  • It has been through a series of political crises in recent years and, last November, it was led by three presidents within the space of a week

Sources: World Bank, CIA Factbook

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