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Peru presidential vote too close to call

Monday, June 06, 2011 - 01:06

June 5 - Peruvians began voting on Sunday in a presidential election pitting conservative Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori against left-leaning retired military officer Ollanta Humala. Jon Decker reports.

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Election day in Peru. Across the country, Peruvians began voting on Sunday as Peru's presidential election got underway. Opinion polls show an extremely close vote between Ollanta Humala, a leftist former army commander and lawmaker Keiko Fujimori, right-wing daughter of jailed ex-president, Alberto Fujimori. As Peruvians queued up outside of voting centers, both candidates expressed optimism at their chances of leading this young democracy and booming economy. Fujimori's campaign has suggested Humala's camp will protest loudly and refuse to concede defeat, while Humala's aides have warned about the possibility of fraud -- reminding voters that the elder Fujimori was widely blamed for manipulating the 2000 vote to win a third term. Jon Decker, Reuters.

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Peru presidential vote too close to call

Monday, June 06, 2011 - 01:06