Peru singles out Argentina for calling Castillo “president-elect” before all the minutes were processed
MADRID, 11 (EUROPA PRESS)
With 100 percent of the records processed, the leftist candidate for Peru Libre, Pedro Castillo, leads the presidential elections in Peru with 50.19 percent of the votes, ahead of his rival, the conservative Popular Force , Keiko Fujimori, who maintains 49.80 percent of the support.
The National Office of Electoral Process (ONPE) has processed all the electoral records and it remains to wait for the Special Electoral Jury (JNE) to resolve the observed records to reach 100 percent of the recorded records that will give the final results of these elections. So far 99.3 percent have been accounted for.
The difference between the two candidates is close to 70,000 votes, since Castillo has so far obtained 8,807,249 votes while Fujimori 8,740,491.
The head of ONPE, Piero Corvetto, has celebrated having reached this “first great milestone in the calculation of results” and thanked the ONPE team for having carried out “a safe, calm, clean and transparent election, as we promised”.
After several days in which both contenders have maintained very even distances of just a few tens of thousands of votes difference, and in which Castillo has already proclaimed himself the winner, Fujimori has insisted this Thursday on his social networks that “the elections will not they have finished “and that from Fuerza Popular they will continue” to defend the legitimate right of millions of Peruvians until the last vote. “
The message has been accompanied by a letter signed by 17 former presidents of Spain and Latin America, in which it is stated that the results have been so close that “they have not made it possible to define which candidate is the winner”, so it is necessary that the Challenges that both have presented are resolved by the electoral authorities.
REJECTION OF THE FRAUD COMPLAINT
Likewise, Fujimori’s announcement to request the nullity of 200,000 votes for “irregularities” has been answered by the president of Peru, Francisco Sagasti, who has argued that “there is no justification” to use the word “fraud” during the second round. of the elections, according to Agencia Andina.
From Peru Libre, for days they have rejected the fraud in the elections encouraged by Fuerza Popular. The candidate for the vice presidency of this party, Dina Boluarte, asserted this Thursday that the proposition that there is a “systematic fraud” is “a totally false situation”, according to ‘La República’.
REACTIONS TO RESULTS
A few hours before all the processed minutes were reached, some prominent Latin American leaders congratulated Castillo on his results in the elections and even the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, has described Castillo as “the elected president of Peru” the results have been announced.
Fernández has said that this Thursday he has communicated with the leader of Peru Libre and that he has expressed his “desire” for them to join forces “in favor of Latin America.” “I celebrate that the dear Peruvian people face the future in democracy and with institutional strength,” the Argentine president shared on Twitter.
Before these words, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru has reacted by delivering a note to the Argentine ambassador in the Andean country in which they have indicated “that the final results of the 2021 General Elections have not yet been announced by the electoral authorities of our country” , according to a statement.
Likewise, another president who has addressed the Peruvian has been the former president of Brazil, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, who has sent a message along the same lines as Fernández. “I want to congratulate Pedro Castillo, for the important victory in Peru and salute the Peruvian people for free and democratic elections,” he said on his Twitter account. “The result of the Peruvian ballot box is symbolic and represents another advance in the popular struggle in our beloved Latin America,” he added.
The president of Bolivia, Luis Arce, wanted to join in the congratulations once the processed records were known and also called Castillo “president-elect. “Bolivia joins the celebration of the Peruvian people and congratulates brother Pedro Castillo, president-elect of # Peru, a country with which we share history and culture,” he said on the social network.
The former senator of Colombia, Piedad Córdoba, also had a few words for Castillo. “All our support and support so that the historical and social debt with an ethnic and popular Peru is settled,” he also said through the same social network.