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Leftist Castillo, conservative Fujimori look set for Peru runoff

Lima, Apr 12 (EFE).- The extreme left and the authoritarian right are most likely to be pitted against each other in a runoff of Peru’s presidential elections after first official counts confirmed Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori as the leaders of the race.

With just 11 percent of the votes counted so far, Castillo is leading both the quick count, which gives him an 18.1 percent advantage, and the actual vote count, which puts him in first place with 15.8 percent of the votes.

With those margins, 51-year-old progressive Castillo, who is a teacher and the leader of a radical faction of the teachers’ union, is assured a spot in the runoff barring a highly unlikely statistical surprise.

Provisional data also favors the conservative Fujimori, who would thus reach a runoff for the third consecutive time after failing to come to power in the 2011 and 2016 elections.

The quick count, more accurate than the initial count, gives Fujimori 14.4 percent of the votes, making her likely to be the second candidate in the runoff.

The official count so far puts the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) in fourth place, behind Hernando de Soto and Rafael López Aliaga.

However, this could change given that counting has only taken place in the urban areas and those close to the counting centers, far from the Fujimori voting strongholds.

More than 25 million Peruvians were called to vote in these elections, mandatory for all citizens between 18 and 70 years of age. EFE

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