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Monday June 6, 2011

Peru Election Update: Ollanta Humala Continues to Lead and Is Apparent Winner

Peru Election Update: Ollanta Humala Continues to Lead and Is Apparent Winner

Photo: Ollana Humala Claim Victory in Peru Presidential race

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In a Presidential election race that has been too close to call for most of the day, it now appears that leftwing candidate Ollanta Humala has won.

Millions of Peruvians turned out to vote for their President and by a slim margin chose this former coup member.  His opponent was Keiko Fujimori, daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori and a senator.

Throughout most of the day Humala was leading but by a very slight margin of 51.3% vs 48.7% for Fujimori.  Many Peruvians were not happy with either candidate so much so that Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa described both of them as a choice between Aids or Cancer.  Vargas Llosa finally did support Humala in the name of democracy.  Fujimori moved up in the polls when she agreed not to pardon her jailed father but not enough to claim victory.

Late on Sunday neither candidate had claimed victory or conceded but that didn’t stop Bolivia’s President Evo Morales to announce a fellow lefty to the party.  Finally Humala claimed victory but Fujimori has yet to concede.