Keiko narrows gap


Keiko Fujimori has narrowed the gap against her opponent in the second round presidential runoff scheduled for 5th June.

In the latest poll by local pollster CPI Keiko Fujimori has 36.8% and Ollanta Humala has 40.6%. Peru’s main stock index rose by 3.42% in response to the news that Fujimori had closed the gap from 6% on the left wing candidate.

The same poll delves in to the likely voting intentions of those who voted for unsuccessful candidates in the first round.

Of the supporters of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK), 43.9% would vote for Keiko Fujimori and 17.9% for Ollanta Humala. That would fit with the profile of the voters, PPK received the majority of his votes from Lima.

The situation is reversed with the supporters of Alejandro Toledo; 42.2% would vote for Ollanta Humala and 27.6% for Fujimori. The opposite is true for Luis Castaneda supporters; 24.2% would support Humala and 31.3% would support Fujimori.

Opponents of Ollanta Humala believe that he will be like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, creating a socialist state and nationalising industry. Opponents of Keiko Fujimori worry that she will pardon her father (currently in prison for crimes against human rights and corruption) and that she is the daughter of a corrupt politician. Both candidates are trying to distance themselves from these images.

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