Thursday, June 02, 2016

Peruvian Presidential Second Round

Hari Seshasayee has a good rundown on the upcoming presidential second round in Peru on June 5.

This second round of elections has been uniquely Peruvian. It is unlike most election scenarios we are familiar with: it is not between two political parties (like in the US), two political ideologies (left versus right), two dynasties (like in Bangladesh), nor is it one-sided. This election is between ‘Fujimorismo,’ the ideology espoused by jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori, and anti-Fujimorismo, a formless mishmash of millions of Peruvians with varying degrees of opposition to Fujimorismo.

The right wins no matter the outcome, but the question is whether it is the Fujimorismo right. Keiko is ahead in polls, but as he notes we have to be careful about making predictions.


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