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Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo, possible winner of the 2021 elections in Peru.
Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo, the possible winner of the 2021 elections in Peru.

Peruvian elections: With almost 100% of precincts counted, Castillo emerges as next president

Presidential candidate Pedro Castillo addressed his supporters on June 8 from the headquarters of the 'Peru Libre' party in Lima.

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Officially, Peru is still without a president, and the technical tie that concluded the second electoral round has kept Peruvians in tense expectation. The margin between both candidates have been very short, the counting of the votes has felt endless, waiting for reports from abroad and those from the rural areas farthest from the capital.

In addition to this uncertainty, the candidate of the Popular Force party, Keiko Fujimori, has denounced a "systematic fraud," which has been refuted at this time.

The candidate for Peru Libre, Pedro Castillo, continues to lead the vote count with 50.206% of the votes over Keiko Fujimori's 49.794% after 99.75% of the polling stations have been counted. The ONPE, Peru's electoral body, continues with the counting. The citizens expect 100% of the vote will be completed in the next hours to declare one of the two candidates as the president of the country's Bicentennial. 

The leftist candidate came out on June 8 from the balcony of Peru Libre's campaign headquarters in Lima and addressed his supporters.

"We will be a government respectful of democracy, of the current Constitution and we will make a government with financial and economic stability. According to our spokespersons, we already have the official count of the party, where the people have imposed this gesture which we salute," said Castillo.

"I come here to tell the Peruvian people, not only to express my gratitude, but also my recognition to the men and women of this country who have stood up here and abroad, to the brothers and sisters outside the country who have been mobilized for democracy." 

Regarding the accusation of "fraud," on Tuesday, June 8, Adriana Urrutia, president of the Civil Association Transparencia, stated in an interview granted to El Comercio that there is no evidence to speak of fraud in the process, although there were several incidents. These have been reported and transferred to the authorities to take actions to solve them.

"You have to have enough elements to talk about such a hard thing. You cannot sow doubts of that nature," said Jorge Luis Salas Arenas, president of the National Jury of Elections (JNE).

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