Sunday, October 17

Elections in Peru | What inspiration Pedro Castillo takes from Evo Morales, Rafael Correa and other left-wing leaders of Latin America

  • Gerardo Lissardy
  • BBC News World

Pedro Castillo

Image source, AFP


Pedro Castillo has gone from being a virtual stranger in Latin America to being on the verge of becoming president of Peru.

The surprising rise of Pedro Castillo as a political leader in Peru raises a basic question: which figure on the diverse Latin American left does he identify with?

The question gains relevance after in the scrutiny of the Peruvian second electoral round, which ended on Tuesday, Castillo won with 50.1% of the votes against 49.9% of the right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori.

But the official definition of the winner may still take several days, while a request by Fujimori to review some 300,000 votes and annul about 200,000 in areas where Castillo had the most support is resolved.

This 51-year-old rural teacher, nominated by a party that calls itself Marxist-Leninist, was a virtual stranger in the region until his victory in the first round of April, prompting the search for similarities with other leftist politicians.

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