Presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori waves at supporters after casting her vote in Lima, Peru, Sunday, June 6, 2021. Peruvians headed to the polls in a presidential run-off election to choose between Fujimori, the daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori, and political novice Pedro Castillo. (AP Photo/Guadalupe Pardo)
UPDATED 6:58 AM PT – Monday, June 7, 2021
Peru is experiencing a stunning rise of populism during this year’s electoral season. In a presidential election Sunday, millions of Peruvians headed to polling stations to choose from two main candidates who are both described as “right-wing populists.”
Candidate Keiko Fujimori, who is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, is promising to distribute 40 percent of mining tax revenues among Peruvian citizens.
For his part, candidate Pedro Castillo has promised to break-up the nation’s large monopolies as well as support small and medium businesses.
“It’s necessary to see how citizens mobilize and participate openly without fear, hate, apprehension and without worry,’ stated Castillo. “I believe that in Peru (voters) who were indecisive are no more; those people who were inclined (toward a political party) are no more. Above everything is Peru. Long live Peru.”
Observers say both candidates share similar platforms because left-wing ideas have been discredited by years of economic mismanagement in Peru.