Peru election: Humala & Fujimori court moderate voters
The two candidates to go through to the second round of the presidential elections in Peru, Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori, are wooing voters for the second and final round on 5 June.
Neither candidate gained the 50% needed to secure victory outright in the first round on Sunday.
Analysts say the race between left-wing Mr Humala and conservative Keiko Fujimori could polarise the country.
But the candidates tried to reassure voters of their wider appeal.
Peru is enjoying an economic boom and both candidates focussed on how to maintain growth while tackling widespread poverty.
Former army officer Ollanta Humala, 48, tried to calm the nerves of investors, some of whom had expressed worry over his possible election.
Mr Humala, who came second to President Alan Garcia in the 2006 election, said he would uphold concessions given to private companies and respect the independence of Peru’s central bank.
Speaking on Peruvian radio, Mr Humala said he wanted to take his cues from Brazil’s economic programme.
“We recognise there is a successful process underway in Brazil, which has accomplished economic growth that combines social inclusion with respect for macroeconomic equilibrium,” he said.
Ollanta Humala is the son of Isaac Humala, an ethnic indigenous lawyer, member of the Communist Party of Peru – Red Fatherland, and ideological leader of the Ethnocacerista movement, Ollanta’s mother is Elena Tasso. He is the brother of Antauro Humala, now in a 25 years prison sentence for kidnapping, for 3 days, 17 Police officers and murdering 4 of them; in the small town of Andahuaylas on January 2005. Humala was born in Ayacucho and attended the Japanese-Peruvian school La Union in Lima. He began his military career in 1982 when he entered Chorrillos Military School.
In his military career, Humala was also involved in the two major Peruvian conflicts of the past 20 years, the battle against the insurgent organization Shining Path and the 1995 Cenepa War with Ecuador. In 1992 Humala served in Tingo María fighting the remnants of the Shining Path and in 1995 he served in the Cenepa War on the border with Ecuador.
Ollanta Humala has embraced the Bolivarian concept of a Pan-American republic, often referring to other Latin American states as “brother nations” particularly with regard to Bolivia which was for a short time in a Confederacy with Peru and which sided with Peru in the War of the Pacific against Chile.
Is a Peruvian politician, daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and Susana Higuchi. In August 1994 her father named her First Lady of Peru after stripping his estranged wife, Keiko’s mother, of the title; she was the youngest First Lady in Peru and in the history of the Americas. She is Roman Catholic.
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