Peru election authority confirms it would identify socialist Castillo as subsequent president By Reuters


© Reuters. Peru’s Conservative Keiko Fujimori reaches out to the media after the election jury rejected her recent appeals to review the results of the Peruvian election on Jan.


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LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s electoral authority said it would appoint socialist Pedro Castillo as the country’s next president on Monday, naming him in a statement sent to reporters announcing the ceremony would be at 7 p.m. (2400 GMT) would take place.

Right-wing presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori admitted that she was heading for defeat, but promised to mobilize her supporters and hit Castillo as the “illegitimate” winner.

Castillo emerged from the runoff election on June 6th with a lead of almost 44,000 votes. The official outcome was delayed by appeals from Fujimori aimed at having some ballot papers canceled on charges of fraud despite little evidence.

Fujimori said she was legally required to recognize the official election result.

“I will recognize the results because that is what the law and constitution I have sworn to defend dictate. The truth will come out anyway, ”she told reporters.

The National Election Jury said Monday it had rejected recent appeals from Fujimori, a Conservative who is the daughter of incarcerated former President Alberto Fujimori.

“They stole thousands of votes from us,” Fujimori said at a press conference. She called on her supporters to protest.

“We have the right to mobilize … but peacefully and within the law,” she said.

The Organization of American States, the European Union and Britain have all said the elections were clean.

Castillo will take office on July 28 for a five-year term as leader of the world’s second largest copper-producing nation.

Castillo, a 51-year-old former school teacher and the son of smallholders, has promised to revise the constitution and raise taxes on mining companies but has toned down his rhetoric in recent weeks and suggested a more moderate, market-friendly approach.

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