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Socialist Teacher Pedro Castillo Closing In on Becoming Peruvian President

HeadlineJun 11, 2021

In Peru, Pedro Castillo is closing in on becoming Peru’s next president. With almost all votes counted, the socialist teacher has a 71,000-vote lead over Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of Peru’s imprisoned former dictator. But Fujimori is seeking the annulment of 500,000 votes despite offering no evidence of voter fraud. This comes as Fujimori is fighting to stay out of jail. A state prosecutor has urged a judge to send her back to prison in connection with an ongoing corruption case. On Thursday, Pedro Castillo, the presidential front-runner, spoke to supporters in Lima.

Pedro Castillo: “Just as the people are with me, I must always be with the people. I will never take advantage of a democratic space to clean my debts, to clean my crimes. We cannot do that. We cannot play with democracy. Above all, there is the dignity of a people, and there are the generations to come. There is the dignity of these people who have long clamored for their rights.”

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