Thousands of supporters of rivals Pedro Castillo I Keiko Fujimori This Saturday (26), in took to the streets Another day of waiting for the official announcement of the results of the presidential election Tax Peru, in blurriness lasting up to 20 days.
Castillo celebrates victory in Peru, but Fujimori complains of fraud in tally
The June 6 vote ended with a very tight and forward margin for socialist Pedro Castillo, but right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori questioned the validity of a batch of votes. Learn more in the video above.
Castillo’s supporters march in Central Lima near the headquarters of the Electoral Court. The protesters had put up posters to announce the victory of the Left candidate. Counting ends with 44 thousand votes. Some accused Keiko, the daughter of former dictator Alberto Fujimori, of plotting a coup.
Supporters of Keiko Fujimori are urged to ‘respect my vote’ at a protest in Lima, Peru this Saturday (26) – Photo: Gerardo Marin / Reuters
Nearby, thousands of Keiko Fujimori supporters waved flags and set up a stage where the candidate would speak. Right-wing extremists accuse Castillo of cheating votes and put up “not communism” posters – leftist candidates already declared he was not a communist.
Left wing Pedro Castillo and right wing Keiko Fujimori compete in the second round of presidential election in Peru – Photo: Ernesto Benevides / AFP & Gian Musco / AFP
Peru’s electoral process became even more tense this week when one of four judges on the court resigned from his post while reviewing a batch of votes asked by Keiko. This was seen as a maneuver by a more right-aligned magistrate to delay the declaration of the result.
This Saturday, the court inaugurated a new judge. The chairman of the National Electoral Jury, Jorge Salas, criticized the attempts at obstruction. “Electoral justice cannot be crippled or blocked, much less at this stage of the process,” he said.
“These obstructive arts will not prosper,” warned Salas.
The review of ballot papers in question will continue from Monday. The official result will be declared only after complete review.