Posted May 5th 2011 at 7:36 am by
in Sebastiao's Photo Journal

Peruvian Presidential Candidates Are Neck and Neck

Peruvian presidential candidates Ollanta Humala (left) and Keiko Fujimori (right).

The first round of the Peruvian presidential elections, carried out on April 10, concluded with the victory of Ollanta Humala (32%) and a second place for Keiko Fujimori (23%).  But time may be on Keiko’s side. According to the opinion poll of IMASEN, published May 1st, Humala had 42% of favorable opinions and Keiko had 38%. However, in an opinion poll of IPSOS Apoyo, published May 4th, Humala has 39% and Keiko has 38%.

Both candidates have strong support in all social sectors. Humala is stronger in rural areas and Keiko is stronger in the cities, including Lima. Humala is preferred by men and Keiko is preferred by women. Humala is an ex-military and Keiko is a lawyer. Humala is 48 years old and Keiko is 35.  If Keiko wins the elections she will become the first female President in the history of Peru.

In the next four weeks, the remaining 23% of electorate has to decide which candidate they will elect as Peruvian president. It is hard to foresee who will win on June 5th. Debates are taking place on a daily base in the newspapers, TV channels, bars and streets. Humala’s discourse is focused on social injustice, and Keiko’s discourse is focused on economic development and democracy. The rightist novelist Vargas Llosa is supporting Humala and the centrist economist Hernando de Soto is supporting Keiko. Peruvian politics are always surprising.

Photo and post by Sebastiao Ferreira. This post is number 17 of 52 in Sebastiao’s 52-week photo journal.

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