Will Marxist Peruvian Presidential Winner Pedro Castillo Actually Prevail?
Until this a.m., I’d had my doubts, as Keiko Fujimori, daughter of corrupt jailed ex-President of Peru had been crying ‘voting fraud’ at the top of her neoliberal lungs. On Thurday, she’d called for the nullification of votes at 800 polling stations, claiming that in the south where the poorest people live, she’d received Zero votes.
The National Election Board had given her two weeks to make her case.
UPI had reported:
“Castillo ran on a socialist agenda emphasizing wealth distribution. Over the next five years, he has plans to nationalize industry in Peru, home to the world's 48th largest economy.
"No more poor people in a rich country," was a common campaign slogan for Castillo.
Peru is home to some of the world's most important mining operations pricing copper, zinc, lead, silver and gold. The nation also is also a prodigious exporter of fishing catches, textiles and agricultural products and textiles goods to China, Brazil and the United States. Peru is known for its illicit coca and cocaine exports.
Castillo plans to call for a constitutional assembly to focus on changes on economics including increasing taxes on businesses.”
This morning: ‘Socialist Castillo Close to Victory in Peru as Few Votes Remain to Be Counted’ by USNews, June 12, 2021
“Peruvian socialist candidate Pedro Castillo was close to being named the Andean country's next president as the vote count neared an end, making a last-minute flip by right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori increasingly unlikely.
Castillo, an elementary school teacher raised in an impoverished village, was leading the count by 51,000 votes on Saturday morning, when only around 62,000 votes remained to be counted.” [...]
“On Saturday, Peru's electoral jury tried to push back a deadline to allow Fujimori to submit requests to disqualify up to 200,000 votes cast in Peru's poorest regions, but said in the afternoon that it had backtracked that plan, paving the way for a Castillo victory. In the end, Fujimori has only been able to challenge some 38,000 votes.
"We call for the (electoral jury) to guarantee and support a clean and just electoral process," Castillo tweeted on Friday night. "The Peruvian people deserve it."
Is it time to: WOOOOOOT! yet?