Presidential in Peru: the official result will not be known for several days

Pedro Castillo was credited with 50.20% of the vote on Thursday and his right-wing populist rival Keiko Fujimori with 49.80%. This denounces a “fraud”.

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The suspense continues. The official result of the presidential election in Peru, of which the candidate of the radical left Pedro Castillo considers himself the winner, will not be known for several days, said Thursday, June 10, the electoral jury responsible for proclaiming it, while all the ballots of votes were centralized.

Pedro Castillo was credited Thursday evening with 50.20% of the vote and his populist right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori with 49.80%, a difference of 69,546 votes, according to the National Office of Electoral Processes. The candidate disputes this advance and asked Wednesday the invalidation of some 200,000 ballots, from 802 polling stations, before the National Electoral Jury. She had denounced Monday “irregularities”, “evidence of fraud” and “a clear intention to sabotage the will of the people”. For the time being, neither the electoral authorities, nor the international observation missions, have reported any fraud.

A defeat so close to the goal would be a further disillusionment for her, but above all would deprive her of presidential immunity. At the beginning of March, thirty years in prison were required against her by the prosecution and 22 years against her husband Mark Vito Villanella, as part of the investigation into the Odebrecht scandal, named after the Brazilian construction giant who admitted to having paid bribes to many Latin American leaders. The candidate has already spent 16 months in pre-trial detention in this case for illicit financing of her past presidential campaigns.

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