Pedro Castillo named new Peru President

LIMA, PERU - MAY 27: Presidential candidate of Peru Libre party Pedro Castillo talks to supporters during a rally ahead of June 6 runoff on May 27, 2021 in Carabayllo, Lima, Peru. (Photo by Raul Sifuentes/Getty Images)

By Gideon Adonai

Peru’s electoral authority on Monday named socialist Pedro Castillo as the country’s next President, having officially won the June 6 runoff against Keiko Fujimori.

According to Reuters, the official result had been delayed by appeals from Fujimori aimed at annulling some ballots over fraud accusations.

She said she was nonetheless bound by law to recognise the ruling of the National Jury of Elections.

“I proclaim Pedro Castillo as President of the republic and Dina Boluarte as first Vice President,” elections chief, Jorge Salas, said during a televised ceremony on Monday night.

Earlier in the day, Fujimori said she would recognise the official result “because it is what the law and the constitution that I have sworn to defend, mandates. The truth is going to come out anyway.

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“We have the right to mobilize … but in a peaceful manner and within the framework of the law,” she said.

The Organisation of American States, the European Union and Britain have all said the election was clean.

The U.S. Embassy in Lima sent a tweet, welcoming the announcement.

“We value our close ties with Peru and hope to strengthen them with President-elect Pedro Castillo after his inauguration on July 28,” the tweet said.

Castillo, in his first comments as President-elect, called for national unity.

“I ask for effort and sacrifice in the struggle to make this a just and sovereign country,” he said.

The 51-year-old former school teacher has pledged to redraft the constitution and hike taxes on mining firms.

Peru is the world’s second-largest copper-producing nation.


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