Leftist Is Apparent Winner Of Peru Election

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News Americas, LIMA, Peru, Mon. June 6, 2011: The leftist candidate is the apparent winner of Peru’s presidential election run-off, initial election results indicate.

As of last night, polls show a two percent lead for Ollanta Humala over right-wing candid Keiko Fujimori, rhe daughter of jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori.

Preliminary results from three separate polling companies indicate Humala has around 51 percentof the vote, with Fujimori trailing at around 49 percent.

If Humala is confirmed as the winner, he will succeed Alan Garcia, who could not stand for a second term.

Critics have slammed Humala, a one-time ally of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, as someone who will embark on interventionist policies similar to those of Chavez.

Humala campaigned on a promise to increase the state’s role in the economy and redistribute wealth to Peru’s poor majority.

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