Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has staged an upset over Keiko Fujimori, but the result underscores the defeat of Fujimorismo more than it does his victory.
The election is being fought less on subjects like economic and foreign policy; the focus is the struggle between ‘Fujimorismo’ and a formless anti-Fujimorismo.
Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will move on to the second round of Peru’s presidential election. Either would preserve Peru’s free-market model if elected.
Keiko Fujimori could lose the June 5 run-off because many voters opposed her father’s authoritarian rule in the 1990s and are likely to rally behind her rival.
Despite a mixed bag of candidates, Peru can expect continuity in broad economic policies regardless of who comes to power.
Who will Keiko Fujimori face in the second round – Wall Street favourite Pedro Pablo Kuczynski or leftist Veronika Mendoza?
Thousands of Peruvians marched against presidential front-runner Keiko Fujimori, forcing her to suspend campaign events ahead of Sunday’s elections.