June 6, 2011 |
Ollanta Humala, a leftist former army officer, claimed victory late Sunday in Peru's tense and divisive presidential election after partial returns showed him defeating the daughter of a disgraced former ruler. "We've won the election," Humala told a roaring crowd in Lima's Dos de Mayo Plaza. "We will form a democratic government open to civil society. " Humala, a nationalist promising better distribution of Peru's considerable wealth, had held a lead of about 2 to 3 percentage points over Keiko Fujimori, according to an earlier "quick count" of votes conducted by three polling firms and the advocacy group Transparencia.
June 4, 2011 |
Phantasms stalk Peru's presidential runoff election. There's the ghost of Hugo Chavez, the radical Venezuelan president who haunts Peruvians who are fearful that he is the model that candidate Ollanta Humala plans to follow. There's the ghost of Alberto Fujimori, the jailed, disgraced former president whose daughter, Keiko, is the other candidate. Many fear she's just a proxy for him. There are ghosts from a war that killed 70,000 people and from a virtual dictatorship that eviscerated many of Peru's democratic institutions.
June 2, 2011 |
He could be a character in one of his novels, a doomed figure swiping at the structures of power. Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has waded into the stormy waters of his home country's election politics, again, and he seems to be at war with everyone. In the latest skirmish, the acclaimed Peruvian novelist this week angrily withdrew his columns from Lima's leading daily newspaper, El Comercio. He did so with some rather scathing words. El Comercio, he said, has become a "propaganda machine" for Keiko Fujimori, a controversial candidate in Sunday's presidential runoff election.
April 15, 2011
Peru's political system has been ailing for decades. Corruption, violence and deep economic inequalities have left it weakened. Now, the first round of voting in the presidential race, which took place Sunday, threatens to leave the country in critical condition. From a field of five candidates, two emerged as front-runners likely to move on to a runoff election June 5. Both appear wanting in experience, and concerns about their commitment to democracy prompted Peruvian writer and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa to say the decision will be like "choosing between AIDS and terminal cancer.
April 11, 2011 |
After surging in the polls in the campaign's final weeks, retired army officer and populist Ollanta Humala appeared to lead Peru's presidential race Sunday but was likely to face a runoff in June. With about 43% of the votes counted Sunday night, Peru's electoral commission and unofficial tallies put Humala ahead of his closest competitors, Keiko Fujimori, a former congresswoman and daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori, and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former economy and finance minister.
June 6, 2006 |
President-elect Alan Garcia declared Monday that the weekend vote here featured only one loser: "Someone who doesn't even carry Peruvian identification." That would be Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose protege, Ollanta Humala, was beaten decisively in Sunday's runoff with Garcia. There is little question among those who have followed the election that Chavez's strong backing of Humala, and vocal heckling of Garcia and President Alejandro Toledo, backfired at the ballot box. U.S.