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Peruvian Presidential Candidate Pedro Castillo, Who’s Vowed to Fight Inequality, Declares Victory

HeadlineJun 17, 2021

In Peru, socialist presidential candidate Pedro Castillo has declared victory after a final count showed him with a 44,000-vote lead over right-wing politician Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of Peru’s imprisoned former dictator. Fujimori has claimed voter fraud, without evidence, and has promised to challenge certification of Castillo’s win. On Tuesday, Castillo tweeted an image of himself with his arms raised in victory over the words “President” and his campaign slogan, “No more poor in a rich country.” Castillo has promised to raise taxes on Peru’s lucrative copper mining industry to fund healthcare and education initiatives and to reduce Peru’s vast income inequality.

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