22-07-2021 Latin American Weekly Report
Chile’s presidential frontrunners knocked out of race before it gets going
Peru plunged headlong this week into one of the most polarised electoral campaigns in the country’s history. A surfeit of presidential candidates, none of whom held much appeal, allowed two extremists to make it through to the second round, which will be held on 6 June. An electoral survey conducted within days of the first round on 11 April suggests that, for now, antipathy towards Keiko Fujimori, the candidate of the right-wing Fuerza Popular (FP), is greater than fear of the radical shake-up being promised by Pedro Castillo, her rival running for the far-left Perú Libre. One thing is clear. Political instability is just as likely to define the next five years in Peru as it has the last five.
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