The results are in: Ollanta Humala will be Peru’s next president. Peru held run off presidential elections after all candidates failed in the first round to gain a majority of the votes. The first round of voting was held on April 10 and featured a slew of moderate candidates. The moderate candidates split the moderate vote-which added up to much more than either of the fringe candidates received-but because they divided the moderate voters, two radical candidates moved on to the run-off election.
This weekend, on Jun 5, Ollanta Humala, a socialist military man with former close relations to Hugo Chavez, and Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of disgraced former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, who is currently imprisoned for corruption and sanctioned murder during his time in power.
If you’re currently on a Peru vacation and don’t think the choice between these two candidates doesn’t sound too thrilling, you’re not along. Peru’s famous writer and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa previously called the race a choice between “AIDS and terminal cancer.” However, he put his final support ward Humala. Peruvians who are in the country are required by law to vote.
In less radical terms, Humala was seen as the … Read The Rest