Peru

Fujimori leads for the first time


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The latest Ipsos Mori poll, conducted between 30th April and 6th May shows that Keiki Fujimori has, for the first time, taken the lead in the presidential election.

Fujimori leads on 41% whilst her rival, left winger Ollanta Humala has fallen back slightly to 39%. What should be worrying for both candidates is that as many as 20% of voters are saying that they will spoil their ballot papers (voting is compulsory).

Recent polls have suggested that most supporters of Alejandro Toledo, a candidate in the first round of voting, will cast their votes for Ollanta Humala; whilst voters for two more first round candidates, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Luis Castañeda are more likely to vote for Keiko Fujimori.

A PUCP survey shows that 35.9% of voters will choose their candidate based upon their ‘plan of government’, 17.8% will choose based on the promise of specific benefits and 17.4% on the personal qualifications and background of the candidate.

Meanwhile, in an interview with ‘Good Morning Peru’, Ollanta Humala has said that he will not get rid of his original manifesto plans because to do so would be disrespectful to those who voted for him in the first round. However, he says that he recognises the need to take on new ideas and the views of those people who have joined his campaign in the second round. The news is unlikely to steady market nerves about his left wing manifesto.

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