Peruvians Head to the Polls to Elect a New President

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Peru and Mexico are holding elections on Sunday with voters in Latin America angry over the economic devastation left by the pandemic, and the mishandling of the health crisis.

Peru Presidential Candidate Pedro Castillo Holds Campaign Rally

Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Castillo

In Peru, the choice in a presidential runoff is between Keiko Fujimori, an autocrat’s daughter accused of corruption, and Pedro Castillo, a radical from a Marxist party who was virtually unknown at the start of the year.

For Latin America as a whole, Sunday’s elections could preview the direction in which other countries may be heading, as establishment parties lose support and outsiders gain ground with promises to spend more to address the rise in poverty.

As voting got under way in both countries on Sunday, Mexico had received fewer election complaints than anticipated, according to Jose Agustin Ortiz Pinchetti, the Attorney General’s prosecutor of electoral crimes.

“The most important point I can convey is the scarcity of complaints. According to preliminary inquiries, complaints have just surpassed 1,000, much less than expected,” he said in remarks sent to reporters.

There were some acts of violence and ballot burning in certain states, including Chiapas, Oaxaca, the State of Mexico and Veracruz, according to national newspaper Reforma. In the State of Mexico a group of people overturned tables, destroyed ballot boxes and attacked citizens who were going to vote, video taken by neighbors showed.

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