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Peru: Pedro Castillo declared president

After over a month of uncertaint­y over election results, Peru's election body confirmed socialist Pedro Castillo as the next president.


Former school teacher Pedro Castillo has won the disputed election in Peru and will become the country's next president, election officials said on Monday.

The presidenti­al vote, which had taken place on June 6, had been held up by claims of election fraud by his right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori.

Why were the results held up?

Castillo had led unofficial­ly by a narrow margin of 44,000 votes. The Organizati­on of American States, the European Union, Canada, Britain and the US State Department had all maintained that the elections were clean.

But Fujimori, the daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori, challenged the count.

On Monday, however, she said she was going to recognize the official results because it was mandated by "the law and the constituti­on that I have sworn to defend." At the same time, she restated her claim that thousands of votes have been stolen and urged her supporters to continue protests.

She added the truth was "going to come out anyway."

This is Fujimori's third attempt to claim Peru's highest office. The 46-year-old has been hounded by corruption charges over her two earlier presidenti­al bids. She now faces an imminent graft trial that would otherwise be delayed until after her presidenti­al term.

The National Jury of Elections (JNE), the official election body, rejected the final five appeals presented by Fujimori's Popular Force party last week.

Castillo is expected to take office next week for a five-year term.

"I ask that Keiko Fujimori not place barriers in the way, so that we may move forward and make this a government of all Peruvians," he said.

Who is supporting who? Peru has been rocked by protests for over a month as ardent supporters of both camps took to the streets and electoral offi

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