The daughter of an imprisoned former president was leading the race for Peru’s presidency late Sunday, hours after polls closed in a runoff election held as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter the Andean country, AP reports.
With 42 percent of votes tallied, conservative Keiko Fujimori had 52.9 percent of the vote, while rural teacher-turned-political novice Pedro Castillo had 47 percent, according to official results. This is Fujimori’s third run for president, a role her father held in the 1990s.
The polarizing populist candidates have promised coronavirus vaccines for all and other strategies to alleviate the health emergency that has killed more than 180,000 people in Peru and pushed millions into poverty. The election followed a statistical revision from Peru’s government that more than doubled the coronavirus death toll previously acknowledged by officials.
“Never was a second round so clearly divided as the present election,” Peruvian political analyst Fernando Tuesta said on his Twitter account. In 2016, now-former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski defeated Fujimori by just 42,597 votes.