The battle for second in Peru’s presidential elections on 10 April was as closely contested as opinion polls suggested it would be. Keiko Fujimori, of the right-wing populist Fuerza Popular (FP), secured first place by a comfortable margin. She will face Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, of the conservative Peruanos por el Kambio (PPK), in a run-off on 5 June after he edged out Verónika Mendoza, of the left-wing Frente Amplio (FA), by a narrow margin. The tally of the concurrent congressional elections is incomplete but the signs are that the FP will have a simple majority, which will provide either a boon for Fujimori or a bind for Kuczynski.

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