In Peru’s ‘Chaotic’ Presidential Elections, It’s a Race for Second Place

A protest against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori and the 1992 coup by her father, former President Alberto Fujimori, Lima, Peru, April 5, 2016 (AP photo by Rodrigo Abd).
A protest against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori and the 1992 coup by her father, former President Alberto Fujimori, Lima, Peru, April 5, 2016 (AP photo by Rodrigo Abd).
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On Sunday, Peruvians will head to the polls to elect a new president and 130 members of Congress. But in a campaign season that has been fraught with controversy, few are likely to be satisfied with the results. Peru’s presidential campaign season began with a field of 19 candidates. By last Sunday evening’s debates, it had narrowed to 10. Among them were the daughter of a former president now in jail; two former presidents-one of whom was involved in a drug-trafficking scandal; and a candidate that’s running from a jail cell. Described as “crazy” and “chaotic” by some in the […]

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