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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Pedro Castillo Wins Peru Elections

Peru has now proclaimed Pedro Castillo as president on Monday, following a long electoral count after right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori claimed electoral fraud.

The 51-year-old Castillo, son of peasant farmers, won and defeated the daughter of former right-wing president Alberto Fujimori with just over 44,000 votes. 

The country’s election authority had dismissed Fujimori’s request to disqualify ballots which she claim were fraudulent. 

“I call for the broadest unity of the Peruvian people. Together we’ll share this struggle and this effort to make a more just, dignified and united Peru,” Castillo said in a victory speech in Lima. 

“I ask that Keiko Fujimori not place barriers in the way, so that we may move forward and make this a government of all Peruvians,” Castillo also said. 

Fujimori said she would acknowledge the result as the law and constitution mandates, but said, “The truth is going to come out anyway.”

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