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Fujimori set for run-off against Humala in Peru

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Fujimori set for run-off against Humala in Peru

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It is looking virtually certain that Keiko Fujimori will be the second candidate in the run off vote in Peru’s presidential election at the beginning of June.

With more than 80 per cent of ballot papers counted, the centre-right daughter of disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori is on 23.2 per cent support.

The left winger Ollanta Humala came out of Sunday’s vote clearly the winner. He has toned down his anti-capitalist rhetoric but has promised Peru’s poor will benefit from ten years of a booming economy.

Keiko Fujimori is the favourite of big business, wary that Humala will rein in free-market reforms. But many voters still have memories of her father in the presidential palace, before he was imprisoned for corruption and human rights abuses.

Both candidates though want to tax the profits of the big mining companies more.