Fujimori seeks ballots annulled as leftist Castillo leads in Peru’s presidential vote

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      I couldn’t find anything about this on AP. Guess they don’t have their propaganda orders yet:

      (France 24)Leftist Pedro Castillo has cast himself as the winner of Peru’s presidential vote, even though election authorities on Wednesday have yet to declare a winner in his race against right-wing populist rival Keiko Fujimori, who claims half a million votes are still in play.

      With 99 percent of votes cast in Sunday’s presidential poll counted, rural school teacher and union leader Castillo retained a tiny lead of 50.2 percent over Fujimori’s 49.7 percent.

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      Castillo is currently ahead by some 79,000 votes, but with ballots still being tallied and votes being challenged by both sides, the process will likely take 10 to 12 days to be fully resolved, an official from the vote counting authority ONPE told AFP.

      As in Peru’s three previous presidential elections, also tightly-run, the tail-end of vote counting has been slow due to delays in the arrival of ballots in Lima from Peru’s rural and jungle areas, and from abroad – where one million of the country’s 25 million eligible voters live.

      Full story here.

      The Fascist is trying to annul votes and is alleging election fraud, even though the Organization of American States, not exactly a socialist-dominated body, is saying there is no evidence of any fraud. If the Biden people start talking about supporting “free and fair elections,” look out. They’ll be trying another coup. In Peru, this time.

      Not only that, but Fujimora is facing a 30 year prison sentence on corruption charges, just like her dear old dictator dad, if she doesn’t win the election. Sound familiar?

      Anyway, most of the outstanding votes are from rural areas, particularly the Amazon Basin, where Castillo is running up huge majorities, so it’s not too early to call this one for him.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #428733
      HassleCat
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      Stay out jail by getting elected president.

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      eridani
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      https://www.struggle-la-lucha.org/2021/06/09/pedro-castillo-the-man-from-peru-made-invisible/

      This is not just another election: the result will determine not only who will be the next president, but also what kind of economic and political model will be built and what conflicts there will be in a country in a prolonged political crisis. Castillo, who during the first electoral round was in the “others” category in the electoral polls, and was known centrally for his leadership in the 2017 teachers’ strike, emerged as a product of that crisis and his successes.

      The transcendence of the election was clear since it was known that the peasant teacher, candidate of the Peru Libre party, but without coming from its structure, was going to face Fujimori. The threat perceived by the Peruvian status quo, the business and media powers, the right-wing parties, was proportional to the campaign of fear, often terror, that was deployed against Castillo and what a government under his presidency would mean.

      The deployment against the leftist candidate was overwhelming, in the context of a country with a strong media concentration in the hands of the El Comercio group and allied media. The main newspapers and television channels began to affirm day after day that his victory would lead the country to communism, an economic crisis, with an increase in the dollar, unemployment, theft of savings, massive expropriations. That threat, in the scenario of a country hit by pandemic and recession, was joined to another threat: the possible links that would exist between Castillo and terrorism.

      The latter sought to activate the mechanisms of fear, trauma and pain anchored in Peruvian society, in a different way in the interior of the country than in the capital, Lima. Castillo was terruqueado, a word used in Peruvian politics to accuse someone of being a terruco, that is, a terrorist or close to the Shining Path. The fear device thus sought to link the presidential candidate with the economic crisis and violence, two deep-seated ghosts of recent Peruvian history.

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      • #428948
        Ohio Barbarian
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        Peru has suddenly become as interesting as Bolivia. And Uruguay, though the American media never mentions little Uruguay, a thriving social democracy.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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