Peruvians will go to the polls today

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The race will pit left-wing candidate Pedro Castillo against right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori, who won the most votes in the first round of the presidential election on April 11.

In the election, where more than 25 million people will vote in Peru, besides the head of state, 130 deputies will be elected to Congress and 5 members for the Andean Parliament, which is an important part of the country.

According to the country’s most recent polls, free Peruvian candidate Castillo is just ahead of People’s Power candidate Fujimori. 150 international observers will also be present to monitor the elections.

According to data released by the Office of National Electoral Processes (ONPE), union leader Castillo, who surprised in the first round of the election where 18 candidates faced each other, finished the race in first place with 19.83 % of the vote, while Fujimori took second place with 13.37 percent.

Peru, which has the highest number of deaths per capita from the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) on the South American continent, is facing a deep political, social and economic crisis. The country, which has been hit hard by the epidemic, lost 11% of its economy in 2020 and 2.2 million 200,000 people lost their jobs.

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The candidate who wins the elections will take over the new government on July 28, the 200th anniversary of Peru’s independence, and serve for the 2021-2026 term.

4 PRESIDENTS HAVE WORKED IN PERU IN THE LAST 5 YEARS

In Peru, where there was a painful period full of political crises, between 2016 and 2020, 2 presidents were sacked due to corruption charges brought against them, while Manuel Merino had to resign due to 6 days of violent protests in the country.

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