Saturday, July 24

Pedro Castillo, proclaimed president-elect of Peru

The leftist Pedro Castillo has been proclaimed president-elect of Peru this Monday, a month and a half after the elections in which the right-wing Keiko Fujimori was imposed, who delayed the appointment with more than a thousand challenges in which he denounces without reliable evidence an alleged “fraud”.

After declaring the latest legal remedies presented by Fujimori unfounded, the National Elections Jury (JNE) endorsed the results of the June 6 vote, where Castillo obtained 50.12% of the valid votes, a narrow victory by just 44,263 votes of advantage over Fujimori.

Castillo’s proclamation comes eight days before the presidential change, scheduled for July 28, the day on which Peru will celebrate 200 years of its independence and the current interim president, Francisco Sagasti, will hand over the head of state to Castillo, a professor rural, originally from the northern Andean region of Cajamarca.

Boluarte, vice president

In the plenary session of the JNE held through a videoconference, the official Dina Boluarte was also proclaimed vice president.

Unlike his predecessors, Castillo will begin his term with only one vice president, as Vladimir Cerrón, the leader and founder of the Marxist Peru Libre party, was invalidated as a candidate after having a firm conviction for corruption, during his tenure as governor of the central region Andean of Junín.

Among the guests at the brief session were Castillo himself, as well as the Prime Minister, Violeta Bermúdez; the head of the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), Piero Corvetto; and the head of the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (Reniec), Carmen Velarde.

The heads of the electoral observation missions of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union (EU) also attended, bodies that have endorsed the legitimacy of the Peruvian elections together with governments such as the United States and Canada, among others. countries.

“Illegitimate” for Fujimori

Before the proclamation, Keiko Fujimori anticipated, in a public statement where he did not admit questions, that he will respect the JNE’s proclamation despite the fact that he described it as “illegitimate” for continuing to consider that there was a fraud on election day.

The daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) continues to insist on this alleged “systematic fraud” since the day after the election, when she saw her third consecutive defeat irreversible after having also been at the door in 2011 against Ollanta Humala and in 2016 in front of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Until now, neither Fujimori nor his allies have presented reliable evidence of the irregularities they denounce, essentially based on alleged false signatures whose alleged victims have come out publicly in numerous cases to denounce the accusations and reaffirm that the signatures of the minutes are theirs.

In these elections, Fujimori ran while facing an indictment of more than 30 years in prison for alleged money laundering in the irregular financing of his previous electoral campaigns.

Castillo will assume the presidency for the period 2021-2026 with a profoundly reformist speech that includes a new Constitution considering that the current one, which emerged from the Fujimori state “self-coup” in 1992, has promoted a neoliberal economy whose economic progress has not solved the deep inequalities.

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