It is expected that in the next few hours, the National Electoral Jury will proclaim Castillo as the new president of Peru.
The National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) declared the leftist representative Pedro Castillo from the Peru Libre (Free Peru) party as the winner of the June 6 presidential elections.
Castillo secured 50.1 percent of votes over the conservative Popular Force (FP) candidate Keiko Fujimori who got 49.8 percent. The final result was announced after 100 percent of the ballots cast were tallied.
Throughout the week, Castillo and Fujimori's supporters took to the streets in Peru to demand an accurate vote-counting after unfounded allegations by the right-wing candidate of electoral fraud due to the tight vote between both candidates.
Representatives from independent observation missions denied the occurrence of electoral fraud or lack of transparency, following statements by Fujimori, who claimed that electoral irregularities were favoring his opponent.
Peru divided. The election has revealed stark divisions in the copper-rich Andean country, where less-affluent rural voters drove socialist Pedro Castillo, while wealthier urban and overseas voters backed right-wing Keiko Fujimori. https://t.co/fsTVB1qFw1 @ReutersGraphics— Adam Ramsay Jourdan (@ARJourdan) June 9, 2021
After obtaining over 2 million votes on April 11, the PL candidate entered into the election runoff race during the first election round in which he battled 17 candidates. He based his campaign on promising profound changes in the country's political and economic system through Constitutional reforms.
Despite being out of the political spotlight before the elections, Castillo gained national recognition by leading two union strikes in defense of the education sector.
Over 17 million Peruvians participated in the 2021 elections, which took place amid popular discontent triggered by the government's mishandling of the pandemic, corruption scandals involving the political class, and growing social disparities.
#FromTheSouth News Bits | Peru’s Congress rejects a bill that would've declared medical oxygen a public service, allowing the Ministry of Health to make use of facilities for oxygen production, storage and distribution. Peru reports over 1.4 million COVID cases and 49,000 deaths. pic.twitter.com/gxBN2e4aRr— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) March 19, 2021