Peru has a finally elected president. The National Election Arbitrator (JNE) Point Pedro Castillo, a rural professor and left-wing union leader, was declared the winner of the second round of elections on Monday at a zoom ceremony five weeks after the official referendum. During that period, the court examined and rejected more than 270 petitions filed by conservative candidate Keiko Fujimori seeking the annulment of his opponent’s vote. According to official results, the Peruvian Libre candidate received 50.12% of the vote on June 6, up from 49.87% for Fujimori, indicating a difference of just 44,000 votes. A few hours before Castillo’s declaration, Fujimori announced that he had endorsed the decision because “this is what the law and the constitution dictate.”
After the announcement, Castillo spoke to his followers at his party headquarters. “I urge Fursa Popular leader Ms. Fujimori not to put too many obstacles in the way of moving this country forward. Come to this place to make a government of all greats and all bloods, without any distinction,” he said. One of the intellectuals who represented in his works the injustices experienced by the Andean people in the 20th century.
In less than 10 minutes of the message, Castillo reiterated calls for unity and reaffirmed his commitment. “I have an open heart, no resentment. We are going to work together, we are going to reject anything that is anti – democratic, we are going to reject any pretense of a model from another country to guarantee legal and economic stability. ” Considering the criticism that one of his election promises is getting his proposal to convene a Constituent Assembly, he said he respects the institutions and the current constitution “until the people decide to do so”.
Fujimori, who is now on trial for money laundering in the Odebrecht case, posed a number of challenges to votes and appeals to delay the declaration of the fort, while his supporters demanded the cancellation of the ballot in the streets and the call for new elections. Therefore, in his statement, Fujimori said that in order to defend themselves “against communism”, his followers should not fall into “any violence”. “Now it is our turn to face a new, more difficult stage, because communism has not come to power to liberate it, which is why they now want to impose a new constitution on us. I firmly believe that Peru will not allow Peru Castillo to become Cuba or Venezuela,” Fujimori said of accepting the election results. Just as I swore, the Constitution commands, I swear to you today, I am not going to give up, I call on you to start a true democratic defense. Peru needs all the social and political forces united in the great task of preventing communism. Our security is just beginning, ”he added.
Since June 7, tens of thousands of Peruvians from rural jurisdictions and tribal communities who voted for Castillo have come to Lima to monitor the vote, while dozens of marchers marched through the center of the capital, accusing Fujimori prosecutors of rigging in places where there is a left-wing candidate. Overall won. Last Tuesday, the full session of the National Electoral Tribunal concluded Fujimori’s appeals, denying all because there was no evidence of impersonation or fraud as alleged by candidate Fujimori, the signatures of polling station members.
Within six weeks of the vote, Fujimori’s allies and followers held sit-ins outside the homes of the Electoral Court magistrate and the National Electoral Operations Offices. During this period of waiting for the official declaration, former presidential candidates Julio Guzman, George Forsyth, Ciro Gulves and Daniel Salaverry met the rural teacher. His ally in the second round, former presidential candidate Veronica Mendoza, is from the left-wing Nuevo Perei, another personality he regularly misses with Castillo in uncertain weeks.
Pointe–Frank, an economist with the Nuevo Peru team, looks set to become the new government’s potential economy minister, while Hernando Sevalos, a former congressman doctor on the left, could be appointed health minister. However, Castillo tweeted this Monday that he would give details of his cabinet after it was announced that he had been elected president.
Since June, Fujimori supporters and a shock group from Fursa Popular have been looting the center of Lima, attempting to take over the government palace last Thursday, attacking Castillo supporters camped out in front of the election court. The group, known as La Resistance, has been conducting raids against journalists and magistrates investigating Fursa Popular since 2018, and has been at the forefront of Keiko Fujimori’s protests against the “fraudulent” version.
Castillo will take office on July 28, the day the term of interim President Francisco Chastity expires, marking the twentieth anniversary of its independence. This is the first time in decades that the declaration has taken place within days of the order being changed. Usually the name of the new president was announced by JNE about four weeks ago.
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