July 26, 2021

Pedro Castillo officially wins the presidential election in Peru

The candidate of the radical left, Pedro Castillo, was proclaimed the winner of the presidential election in Peru on Monday, July 19, by the electoral authority, more than a month after the second round election that pitted him against the candidate of the populist right Keiko Fujimori. “I proclaim President of the Republic José Pedro Castillo Terrones”, said the president of the National Election Jury (JNE), Jorge Luis Salas, in a brief virtual ceremony.

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The electoral authority responsible for examining the appeals thus confirmed the results delivered several weeks ago by the National Body for the Electoral Process (ONPE). At the end of the counting of 100% of the ballots, the ONPE had given Pedro Castillo, 51 years old, winner with 50.12% of the votes, against 49.87% of the votes to his rival, Keiko Fujimori, 46 years old . According to the results validated by the JNE, Mr. Castillo wins with 44,263 votes ahead of the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000).

Keiko Fujimori admet sa défaite

Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori admits defeat during a press conference at her party's headquarters in Lima on July 19, 2021.

Shortly before the announcement of the final result, Ms. Fujimori, who had insinuated in early July that she would not recognize the victory of her competitor, did an about-face during a press conference. “Today, I am announcing that by fulfilling my commitments, my commitment to all Peruvians (…) to the international community, I will recognize the results because it is what the law and the Constitution require. I swore to defend ”, she said.

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“I call on the Peruvians not to give up and to implement a democratic defense” in case of Mr. Castillo’s government, also argued Keiko Fujimori, targeted by an investigation for alleged bribes during her presidential campaigns of 2011 and 2016, where she failed in the second round. She has already served 16 months of preventive detention and faces 30 years in prison.

The OAS observation mission, the United States and the European Union considered that the vote in Peru had been free and transparent. Mr. Castillo will take office on July 28, the day the term of interim President Francisco Sagasti expires.

The World with AFP