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Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to Contest Second Round of Elections

LIMA - Keiko Fujimori, daughter of jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori and former Prime Minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will go forward to the second round of presidential elections in June, according to provisional results of Sunday's elections in Peru.

With 91.74 percent of the votes counted, Fujimori was the most voted candidate, with 39.53 percent of the votes, followed by Kucyznski, with 21.25 percent, the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) reported Monday.

The latest report from the electoral office confirmed that a second round between Fujimori and Kucyznski, scheduled for June 5, is necessary since both of them fell short of the 51 percent needed in order to be elected president in the first round.

Fujimori on Sunday thanked all the supporters in the polls and stressed that "we want a united, reconciled and fairer Peru."

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala avoided commenting on the outcome of the elections, saying that "caution must be maintained" until the complete results are known.

The results of the presidential elections were enthusiastically greeted by the Lima Stock Exchange which recorded a strong gain of 10.44 percent.

Hernando Pastor, a trader at brokerage Kallpa Securities SAB, said that the preliminary results were enthusiastically received by investors because both Fujimori and Kuczynski are considered friendly by the market.
 

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