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Ms Fujimori, 41(L) and Mr Kuczynski, 77(R)

Peru election ‘too close to call’

WT24 Desk

The first exit polls following Peru’s presidential election suggest that the result is too close to call, BBC reports. Two of the three exit polls released suggest Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former World Bank executive, has won.

But the third poll gives a narrow lead to Keiko Fujimori – the daughter of the former President, Alberto Fujimori, who is in jail for crimes against humanity. Official results are not expected until late on Sunday or early Monday.

Ms Fujimori, 41, has said tackling crime is her priority. She led in the polls after winning the first round of voting in April. But Mr Kuczynski, 77, an ex-Wall Street financier, narrowed the gap.

During the campaign, he said he would use his international financial experience to promote economic growth. Ms Fujimori won support from some Peruvians who credit her father with defeating the country’s Maoist Shining Path rebel group in the 1990s.

But others say they would never support anyone associated with her father, who is serving 25 years in prison for ordering death squads to massacre civilians during his attempts to end the insurgency.

Mr Kuczynski is supported by the main opposition forces, including prominent figures such as left-wing former candidate Veronika Mendoza and the Nobel Prize winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.

But he has faced scrutiny over his close relationship to the Peru’s business elite. Some 23 million Peruvians were eligible to vote voted on Sunday’s election to replace outgoing leftist President Ollanta Humala.

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