Peru

Final debate reveals little


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The final televised debate of the presidential election last night provided little new information from both candidates. The debate was dominated by both candidates tetchily accusing each other of past wrongdoings.

Ollanta Humala accused Keiko Fujimori of being the ‘first lady of a government that was corrupt, violated human rights and undermined democratic institutions’. Fujimori had been First lady for her father Alberto Fujimori during his period in government from 1990 to 2000.

After repeated attempts by Ollanta Humala to claim that Keiko Fujimori would get her instructions from her father in prison, she replied ‘I am not the candidate of my father’ and then told him to address the issues she had raised during her campaign.

In return Keiko Fujimori was quick to remind viewers of Humala’s past record as a soldier and accused him of ‘bribing witnesses in a trial and of being involved in two coup attempts’.

Although both candidates did address some issues, both stressed the need to support and protect the poor. Poor rural voters will be an important voter bloc in the election which takes place next Sunday 5th June.

After the debate Keiko Fujimori said that she ‘would not repeat the mistakes of my father’.

Addressing the issue of constant changes to his manifesto, Ollanta Humala said that ‘we do not claim to have the arrogance that Peru suits what we believe’.

Prior to the debate, new opinion polls published suggested that Ollanta Humala had narrowed the gap and that the race was now neck and neck.

Three polls by CPI, Datum and Ipsos Apoyo respectively gave Keiko Fujimori a narrow lead with 51.8%, 52.3% and 50.5%. They gave Ollanta Humala 48.2%, 47.7% and 49.5%.

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