Peruvian Elections

A Controversial First Round

April 19th, 2016

On April 10th, the first round of presidential elections were held in Peru in order to elect/appoint the new Head of State, as well as to renew the 130 seats in the unicameral parliament. So far, the preliminary results show that Keiko Fujimori (centre-right party Fuerza Popular) won the first round of elections, gaining the 39,48% of votes, against Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (Alliance for Great coalition), who gained the 21,38%, whereas Veronika Mendoza (the Broad Front party) obtained the 18,64 % of votes. There are clear divergences among the three candidates, as they belong to different political parties.

Keiko Fujimori represents the right-wing within the Peruvian political system, supporting the free market and maintaining a conservative approach with respect to the public taxes. On the other hand, the socialist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s objective is to attract investments through the streamlining of the government permits, and to improve the quality of infrastructure. Last but not least, the left-winger Veronika Mendoza’ plan of action is to put the central bank under the government’s control and to invest a considerable amount of money for the expansion of the State oil firm “Petroperu”. The main divergence, however, is between the current leader Keiko Fujimori and the disappointed second candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, as his political ideas are particularly contradictory and expressing a clear objection to the Fujimorian’s political heritage.

The second round of the elections will be held in June therefore, although these are just preliminary statistics, the political fate of Peru can be estimated approximately. Keiko Fujimori’s candidature to the Peruvian elections is, as a matter of fact, a relevant event that cannot be disregarded. Despite her father’s fame, who ruled Peru from 1990 to 2000 and established an autocratic system, Ms Fujimori declared that her government policy will be different and it won’t reproduce the past political experience.

It is important to underline in fact, that the former President Alberto Fujimori is currently jailed for human rights violations and for the homicide of 30 people, as well as he is accused of having sterilized up to 300 thousand of indigenous women in an attempt to control the number of Indians in some areas of the country.

In order to have a final outcome about the Peruvian elections, it is necessary to wait two months, as the second round of elections will be held in June. So far, it is possible to figure in what hands the country will be.

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