DEA leak reverses election in Peru

On May 2nd, Keiko Fujimori led all other presidential contenders by a wide margin.Keiko Fujimori led the contest for President of Peru by a wide margin, until a leak from the DEA linked her to drugs and money laundering. At this moment, it looks like a victory for Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard. A screenshot from Extrategia Perú shows her lead on May 2, with an increase from her 2:1 margin over Kuczynski in the April. The fact that her father, Alberto is serving 25 years in prison for gross human rights violations didn't seem to phase the Peruvian electorate. Keiko could pardon him if elected, and this is the second time she's tried.

In 2009, she started her own political party and hired former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani as a political consultant for her 2011 presidential bid, but lost to Ollanta Humala, who is stepping down due to the ban on re-election in Peru.

Reuter's cheered when Fujimori and Kuczynski emerged from a field of 41 candidates for the final round:

"The free-market model that has been in place for 25 years in Peru would be maintained in either a Kuczynski or Fujimori presidency, and their parties look likely to dominate congress."

But Fujimori's new party "Popular Force" won a clear majority in Peru's legislature, and they have some differences with Kuczynski, expecially with regard to "supply side" economics, opposing the corporate tax cut he would like to enact. The Economist speculated they would assert their authority and stymie much action on his part, though he would be free to make some reforms in the mechanism of democratic government, which he has promised.

How the tide was turned

 

 

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