Peru's Presidential Election: the Masses Blow a Raspberry

16 April 2011 | In Business & Finance | The Economist 16 April 2011 issue
Peru's Presidential Election: the Masses Blow a Raspberry Voters engineer an unappealing choice between two contrasting populists, Ollanta Humala (above left) and Keiko Fujimori (right)

It is hard to think of two politicians less attractive or qualified to run a country of 29m. But the outcome of a presidential election on April 10th means that Peruvians will have to choose in a run-off on June 5th between Ollanta Humala, a former army officer with no government experince backed by the far left, and Keiko Fujimori, whose father is a conservative expresident serving a 25-year sentence for human-rights abuses and corruption.

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