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Peruvian Presidential Candidate Fujimori Claims Electoral Fraud as Leftist Opponent Gains Lead

HeadlineJun 08, 2021

In Peru, where the presidential election runoff is still too close to call, leftist candidate Pedro Castillo has widened his lead against right-winger Keiko Fujimori. Fujimori — who is the daughter of jailed human rights abuser and former dictator Alberto Fujimori — has claimed, without evidence, she believes there are signs of fraud, and reiterated that she won’t concede yet. Meanwhile, Castillo, a former teachers’ union leader who has overwhelming support from Peru’s rural communities, asked his followers to remain calm as the last batch of votes are counted.

Pedro Castillo: “The homeland, Peru needs its children to rescue her. And thanks to every one of you. Thank you for showing solidarity. We have to be respectful of the popular will. And I will be the first to enforce the will of the Peruvian people here and there.”

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