LIMA (Reuters) – Conservative Keiko Fujimori’s offer to overturn the result of Peru’s June 6 presidential election appears to have failed, paving the way for his socialist rival Pedro Castillo to be confirmed as the Andean country’s next leader.
The second round ended with political outsider Castillo in the lead with a narrow margin of 44,000 votes, but the official result was delayed by Fujimori’s challenges to overturn some polls over allegations of fraud, despite little support. evidence.
These challenges have now been fully considered and dismissed by election officials, an attorney for Fujimori’s conservative People’s Force party told Reuters on Wednesday.
Fujimori’s party plans to contest more ballots in some constituencies, but these only total around 5,400 votes. That would not be enough to change the outcome of the election, although it could delay the announcement and complicate the transfer of power to Castillo.
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“For the moment, the figures are in his favor, with around 40,000 votes,” lawyer Julio César Castiglioni told Reuters by telephone. He said that after the process before the national election jury was exhausted, the Fujimori campaign had no plans to take further legal action.
The Organization of American States, the European Union, Canada, Britain and the US State Department have all declared elections in Peru to be clean.
If confirmed on time, Castillo would take office on July 28 for a five-year term as leader of the world’s second-largest copper-producing country.
A spokesperson for the national elections jury, which oversees the electoral process, said earlier this week that he hoped to proclaim the winner next week.
Castillo, a 51-year-old former schoolteacher and son of peasants, has pledged to reformulate the constitution and raise taxes on mining companies.
He has, however, softened some of his rhetoric in recent weeks and brought in more moderate economic advisers to help calm investor and market fears. He publicly called on the well-respected central bank chairman to stay in office.
The much contested vote deeply divided Peru and highlighted regional and social tensions, with poorer rural voters supporting Castillo and richer urban Peruvians favoring Fujimori.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Rosalba O’Brien)
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