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Peruvian Presidential Election Runoffs: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Defeats Keiko Fujimori
Presidential candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski looks out at his supporters during a rally on the outskirts of Lima, Peru on 03MAY16. (Associated Press)
This week’s snapshot focuses on Peru’s 05JUN presidential election runoffs following the first round on 08APR. In the tightest presidential contest since 1962, liberal economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (aka “PPK”) claimed victory over Keiko Fujimori, a populist and daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori. During the campaign, Mr. Kuczynski portrayed himself as a stable alternative to Ms. Fujimori, whom he accused of being eager to return to her father’s authoritarianism. However, Mr. Kuczynski may have a hard time fulfilling his goals–which include investing in large infrastructure and education projects while lowering sales taxes–as Ms. Fujimori’s party, Popular Force, won a large congressional majority in the election’s first round. At age 77, the former Wall Street banker and finance minister will be the country’s oldest president at the time of taking office.
News summary of events during the week of 07JUN16 – 13JUN16
Sample of Twitter handles tweeting about the Peruvian presidential election
Sample of Third Party Validators regarding the Peruvian presidential election
Steve Levitsky, Harvard University political scientist who has spent two decades studying Peru
“This was a real shock to her…She didn’t plan for this scenario. She and her supporters all expected to win for the last five years.”
Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society
“The closeness of the vote is clearly indicative that when people took a hard look at voting for Keiko they pulled back…The attacks that PPK and others had made…really began to strike home.”
Eduardo Dargent, political scientist at Pontifical Catholic University, Lima
“What worries me most is that he might maintain a technocratic style that makes governing a difficult task.”
Katie Micklethwaite, senior Latin America analyst at consultancy Verisk Maplecroft
“His party has just 18 seats in Peru’s 130-member Congress, which leaves him politically isolated from the start…Keiko Fujimori’s Fuerza Popular party has a majority of seats in Congress, giving them the power to block Kuczynski’s policy initiatives. Their record under the outgoing Humala administration indicates they are likely to do just that.”
Sam Wang, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs
“Kuczynski will likely have to compromise on his policies, such as giving tax breaks to corporations, in order to move his legislative agenda forward, and he may also have to accommodate some of Keiko’s controversial stances, such as her support for illegal mining in the Amazon.”
Sample of open source research conducted by TRG analysts related to the Peruvian presidential election
Media: Xinhua (China)
Date: 10 June 2016
LIMA, June 10 (Xinhua) — Peru’s president-elect, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, said Friday at a press conference that it was too early to discuss whether he would make any “political alliances” in forming his government.
“It is very premature to speak of the political alliances of the members of the cabinet,” said Kuczynski, who will take over from President Ollanta Humala on July 28.
Kuczynski won a tight victory over his rival, Keiko Fujimori, with just 50.12 percent of the vote against her 49.88 percent from the election on June 5. Despite this close contest and after initial rumblings from her camp that she would contest the result, Fujimori announced on Friday afternoon that she recognized Kuczynski’s victory.
Byline: Mitra Taj
Date: 10 June 2016
LIMA (Reuters) – Keiko Fujimori conceded defeat on Friday to Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in Peru’s tightest presidential election in decades, but she warned that her rightwing populist party would be a force of opposition during his term.
Fujimori, the 41-year-old daughter of Peru’s jailed ex-authoritarian President Alberto Fujimori, said the centrist former investment banker Kuczynski had only scraped together a narrow victory with the support of “promoters of hate.”
Media: Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA)
Byline: Gonzalo Ruiz Tovar
Date: 09 June 2016
Keiko Fujimori conceded defeat to Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Friday in Peru’s presidential election, promising a “responsible opposition” for his five-year term.
Liberal economist Kuczynski narrowly beat Fujimori, a right-wing populist who is the daughter of imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori, in Peru’s presidential run-off held Sunday.
Kuczynski emerged the winner with 50.12 per cent of the vote, while Fujimori, 41, garnered 49.88 per cent.
Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Date: 08 June 2016
Lima, June 8, 2016 (AFP) – Peruvians waited Wednesday to learn who their next president will be, as ex-Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s camp called his lead insurmountable and controversial rival Keiko Fujimori insisted she still had a shot.
Three days after Sunday’s runoff election, the race to lead one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies was still too close to officially call, even though 99.5 percent of the ballots had been counted.
Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Date: 11 June 2016
Lima, June 11, 2016 (AFP) – Keiko Fujimori may have lost Peru’s presidential election, but her party’s majority in Congress and her brother’s political ambitions guarantee years of governing drama for winner Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Kuczynski defeated Fujimori by such a razor-thin margin in the June 5 run-off that she conceded defeat only five days after the vote.
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