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Electorate split ahead of Peru presidential vote

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By Euronews
Electorate split ahead of Peru presidential vote

<p>Peru is set for presidential elections on Sunday. Polls show front-runner Keiko Fujimori is short of the fifty percent of votes needed for an outright win. Keiko is the 40-year-old daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a jail sentence for human rights abuses and for corruption of his administration. </p> <p>Support has surged in recent weeks for leftist Veronjka Mendoza who has swept up scores of undecided voters with promises of radically transforming the country’s economy. </p> <p>Polls put Mendoza just one point behind her rival 77-year-old Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. </p> <p>Kuczynsk had struggled to gain support from poorer rural voters in the last election. He has ramped up efforts for this vote, portraying Mendoza as a threat to economic growth. </p> <p>A Fujimori-Kuczynski run-off in June would likely ensure Peru’s free market model prevails no matter who emerges as the winner.</p>