- The two candidates to emerge from the crowded first round are dissimilar and deeply controversial: left-wing Pedro Castillo and right-wing Keiko Fujimori. Although Castillo is leading in the polls, Fujimori’s recent surge means either could win.
- Mr. Castillo is a rural schoolteacher and union leader representing the Free Peru party.
- He promises to oversee a rewrite of the country’s constitution that would enshrine protections for Peruvians against “subjugation” by the United States and international financial institutions.
- Ms. Fujimori is a former congresswoman from the right-wing Popular Force party. She once served as the first lady to her father, former President Alberto Fujimori.
- She promises to resurrect pro-market policies and heavy-handed responses to insecurity, including against small but violent remnants of the Shining Path, a Maoist guerrilla organization.
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