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Peru Presidential elections: What you need to know

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  • Days after the elections, Peru is still waiting to get the final results for its Presidential elections. This is touted to be one of the highest races ever seen in the country.

  • So far 99.8% of ballots have been counted and leftist union leader Pedro Castillo maintains a razor-thin edge over right-wing Keiko Fujimori.

  • So far, Castillo had 50.19% votes and Fujimori has 49.8%. Castillo leads by more than 67,000 votes.

  • There are still ballots coming from abroad and remote areas of Peru, so the race can go either way.

  • Hundreds of supporters from both sides have taken on the street to show support for their candidates. The protests have been largely peaceful. Both candidates have said that they will respect the outcome of the election.

  • Peru has the world’s highest Covid related death rate per capita. Whoever wins the election will have a tough start.

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