Thursday, July 29, 2021

Peru’s Castillo on verge of winning presidency after tight race

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Peru’s presidential election frontrunner Pedro Castillo is poised for victory despite legal wrangles over the ultra-close vote count that had ignited tensions in the Andean nation.

Electoral authorities had considered changing the rules to allow right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori challenge the validity of some 200,000 votes but ultimately declined to make the changes in the afternoon, following intense pressure from Castillo’s camp.

In a boost for Castillo and a blow to Fujimori, the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States said the vote was a positive electoral process in which serious irregularities were not detected.

Castillo has 50.2 percent of the ballots, narrowly ahead of Fujimori, who has made unsubstantiated allegations of fraud.