The left-wing candidate Castillo leads the imprisoned former president’s daughter Keiko Fujimori with 44,058 votes.
Pedro Castillo, Peru’s left-wing candidate Claim victory In the presidential election, he continued to maintain a small lead after the lengthy vote count ended, while his right-wing opponent promised to fight the result, but has not yet conceded.
Counting votes led by Castillo with 44,058 votes Fujimori Keiko On Tuesday, he filed fraud charges with little evidence and tried to cancel some votes. The results of the voting on June 6 have not yet been announced Officially announced Election authorities, but Castillo hailed the victory on Twitter.
“A new era has begun,” Castillo wrote, next to a photo of him raising his arms, along with the word “President” in large print and his campaign slogan: “The rich countries are no longer poor.”
He also updated his Twitter profile, including “President of the Republic of Peru (2021-2026)”.
A new era has begun. Millions of Peruvians stood up to defend their dignity and justice. Thank you to all the people of Peru, whose diversity and historical power have given me trust. My government will owe all citizens.#WordofMaster pic.twitter.com/sOt6GResPI
-Pedro Castillo Terrones (@PedroCastilloTe) June 15, 2021
Translation: A new era has begun. Millions of Peruvians stood up to defend their dignity and justice. Thank the Peruvian people for their diversity and historical strength for trusting me. My government will be committed to serving all citizens.
The sudden rise of the 51-year-old former teacher disturbed Peru’s political and business elites and could have a major impact on the important mining industry of the world’s second largest copper producer, for which Castillo plans to increase taxes significantly.
Fujimori addressed supporters at a rally in downtown Lima on Tuesday, promising to continue fighting and “defend Peru’s democracy.” She hopes that once the votes her party is trying to cancel are checked, the result will change her approach.
“The result came out today, yes, it was the result of ONPE [electoral body] Calculate, but the most important thing is the evaluation of the ballot box,” she said. “We believe in the authorities, yes, but we believe in the wishes of the people more. “
Castillo’s Liberal Peru Party rejected the fraud allegations, and international observers in Lima said the election was transparent.
Castillo promised earlier in the day that he would not allow competitors to deny the will of the people and overturn the elections in which supporters from both sides took to the streets in recent days.
Castillo, the son of a farmer, received 50.125% of the vote, while Fujimori, the eldest daughter of the imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori, received 49.875% of the vote.
Castillo told reporters at the Lima headquarters of his party that he will respect the electoral authorities and urge them to end the uncertainty by quickly confirming the results.
Castillo said: “We will not allow the oppressed people to continue to be discriminated against for many years.” “Things have been democratic on the table, and there needs to be a democratic way out.”
“Things are still being stigmatized, and other parties are still calling for attempts to overturn the election, and we will not allow it,” he said.
Castillo has Galvanized Rural and poor voters who feel lagging behind in the country’s economic growth. His rise may herald left-wing swings in Brazil, Chile, and Colombia, who will vote for new leaders this year and next.