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Peru’s Kuczynski Sees Lead Shrink with 92% of Votes Counted
The former economy minister has an advantage of 50.32 percent to 49.68 percent over the daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori, a difference of 103,383 votes, according to the latest report from the ONPE elections office

LIMA – Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s lead over Keiko Fujimori in Peru’s presidential runoff narrowed to just 0.64 percent on Monday with 92.6 percent of the ballots counted.

The former economy minister has an advantage of 50.32 percent to 49.68 percent over the daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori, a difference of 103,383 votes, according to the latest report from the ONPE elections office.

ONPE chief Mariano Cucho said at a press conference that 100 percent of the ballots had been counted in eight of Peru’s 25 regions and he called on the public “to await with calm and good judgment” further announcements as the vote count progresses.

The ONPE said that, so far, 1.5 percent of the ballots have been contested and those cases will be resolved by the special election boards.

In light of the situation, both candidates on Sunday evening preferred to remain cautious in their statements to supporters at their campaign headquarters.

Some 23 million Peruvians were eligible to vote to select the successor to President Ollanta Humala for the 2016-2021 term.

Fujimori, 41, got 39.85 percent of the votes in the first electoral round on April 10, compared to 21.01 percent for the 77-year-old Kuczynski.

Both candidates are on the right, but Kuczynski has picked up support from centrists and even leftists who have bitter memories of Alberto Fujimori’s 1990-2000 rule, characterized by corruption and human rights abuses.

 

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