On Sunday, April 11th, Peruvians went to the polls to elect the President and Congress and it delivered a surprising election result with the communist Pedro Castillo securing about 19% of the vote and the hard right populist Keiko Fujimori securing about 13% edging 3 other right of center candidates out for second.
Pedro Castillo is a 51-year-old former teacher from Cajamarca region of Peru and is a self declared communist who became prominent due to a 2017 teachers strike.
Keiko Fujimori is the daughter of the former strongman President Alberto Fujimori although she is more economically nationalist than her father was and she unlike other Latin American right wing leaders is not really close with the Tumor (“Israel”). Fujimori faces questionable charges of corruption herself that so far haven’t held up.
The election results have been shown to be a colossal embarrassment to the pollsters again as neither Keiko Fujimori and certainly not Pedro Castillo (who was polling at 3%) were expected to qualify. The results further are the most chaotic and fragmented in modern Peruvian history.
Voters are worried about the economy, the health crisis, and the astronomically high amounts of corruption within the country’s institutions.
Pedro Castillo while a communist is not exactly a conventional one as his platform on social issues is basically identical to Keiko Fujimori’s calling for an end to gender ideology in Peruvain schools, banning same sex marriage and abortion in all cases. He also shares the anti immigration sentiments that Keiko Fujimori has wanting them to leave the country.
Pedro Castillo while much more of an outsider doesn’t have the baggage of the political class that Keiko Fujimori and has said he would impose the death penalty for corruption. He wants judges to be directly elected and has said he would demand for Congress to rewrite the constitution or he would dissolve Congress. He seeks also to nationalize the mining, oil, gas, and telecommunications industries.
While Castillo has done very well in rural areas that have been neglected by the Peruvian state he continues to have the question of his ties with the communist terror group Shining Path hanging over his head. The communist terror group killed thousands of people in the 1980s and it is linked to the communist PKK in Turkey. Shining Path though is another unconventional communist froup as they were deeply anti gay as well.
Keiko Fujimori though takes a more regulated market approach on Peruvian industry and the wider economy and she is from the religious right. Fujimori has promised upon being elected that he will remove all the Covid restrictions the current government has imposed.
The fragmented election came amid the last five years being some of the most unstable in Peruvian history as President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was forced to resign amid corruption charges, then President Martin Vizcarra was impeached in an unpopular vote at the time. Acting President Manuel Merino resigned less than a week into his term as he was deeply unpopular. However Martin Vizcarra’s reputation took a major hit also because of his won scandals that would be uncovered.
Peru has been utterly devastated by the health crisis because of the lockdowns with a GDP contraction of 11% and 4 million people losing their jobs. The Peruvian government sacrificed the economy and the health of Peruvians.
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