Fu­ji­mori set to de­bate in Peru pres­i­den­tial runoff

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LIMA—One week before Peru’s pres­i­den­tial runoff, Keiko Fu­ji­mori heads into Sun­day’s final de­bate hop­ing to bol­ster her lead over cen­ter-right rival Pe­dro Pablo Kuczyn­ski.

Fu­ji­mori, 41, a right-wing pop­ulist with Peru’s Pop­u­lar Force party, has 46 per­cent of pub­lic back­ing go­ing into the June 5 vote, polling firm CPI found in a sur­vey late last week.

Her rival, cen­ter-right econ­o­mist Pe­dro Pablo Kuczyn­ski, run­ning un­der the ban­ner of his self-cre­ated party, Peru­anos por Kam­bio — Peru­vians for Change — has 38.9 per­cent sup­port.

The poll was re­leased fol­low­ing Fu­ji­mori’s com­mand­ing per­for­mance in a first de­bate against Kuczyn­ski a week ago, in which she re­lent­lessly at­tacked the 77-year-old for­mer World Bank ex­ec­u­tive.

Fu­ji­mori is the po­lit­i­cal heir to her fa­ther’s con­tro­ver­sial reign from 1990 to 2000. Her fa­ther Al­berto Fu­ji­mori is cur­rently serv­ing a 25year sen­tence for mas­sacres com­mit­ted by an army death squad. His decade-long rule saw eco­nomic growth but also bru­tal hu­man rights abuses, com­mit­ted in the name of wip­ing out the com­mu­nist guer­rilla group Shin­ing Path.

Since win­ning 39 per­cent of the vote to 21 per­cent for Kuczyn­ski in the first round on April 10, Keiko Fu­ji­mori has sought to dis­tance herself from her fa­ther’s author­i­tar­ian im­age, and has vowed to work to unite a deeply po­lar­ized Peru. She ap­pears not to have been hurt so far by al­le­ga­tions of money laun­der­ing dur­ing her first run for the presidency in 2011.—AFP

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