12 Apr '11, 2am

Peru's extremist candidates in presidential runoff - Channel News Asia

LIMA: A leftist ex-army officer and a right-wing politician close to her jailed ex-president father on Monday headed for the second round of Peru's presidential vote, and the nightmares of many moderates. Ollanta Humala, 48, led with 31.4 per cent, according to the electoral authority's count of more than 86 per cent of ballots cast in Sunday's general elections. Lawmaker Keiko Fujimori, 35, won 23.2 per cent, stretching a lead over Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a 72-year-old former liberal cabinet chief, at 19.2 per cent. The top candidates are both accused of being populist and authoritarian, but are now set for a June 5 runoff. They both successfully tapped into the frustrations of more than a third of Peruvians who still live in poverty despite more than a decade of growth backed by copper, gold and silver exports. "The result reflects poorly on Peru's political class. It als...

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