Jailed ex-president’s daughter favorite to lead Peru

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LIMA: Peruvians vote Sunday on whether Keiko Fujimori, daughter of an ex-president jailed for massacres, will be their new leader. Polls show Fujimori, 41, is favored to win the runoff against former Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, 77. Many Peruvians mistrust Keiko Fujimori because her father Alberto is in jail for corruption and massacres of leftist rebels. But others love her, remembering how Alberto Fujimori boosted the economy and stamped out the Shining Path insurgent group. “Peruvian elections are always quite unpredictable. There are many undecided voters,” said analyst Maria Luisa Puig of the Eurasia Group consultancy. “But Keiko Fujimori right now has an advantage over Pedro Pablo Kuczynski because of the support she has from poorer voters,” Puig told Agence France-Presse. Both candidates are right of center economic liberals. They have promised to fight crime, create jobs and put the dark past of Peru’s 1980-2000 civil conflict behind them.

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