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Polls suggest all is to play for in Peru's presidential run-off vote

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Polls suggest all is to play for in Peru's presidential run-off vote

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Peru is voting in the hotly-contested second round of its presidential election.

Some 23 million people are registered to vote in a poll that will see outgoing president and former army officer Ollanta Humala replaced.

Opinion polls ahead of the vote suggest that it’s anyone’s game. Right-wing populist Keiko Fujimori is seeking to step out of the shadow of her father, a former president who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for human rights abuses and corruption.

The woman hoping to become Peru’s first female president lost out to Humala in a run-off vote in 2011.

She is up against former World Bank economist and former finance minister, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

While 77-year-old Kuczynski has the support of the main opposition powers, his age and close ties with the country’s business elite are working against him, polls suggest.

Both candidates are fiscal conservatives who plan to maintain the free-market model for the resource-rich Andean economy.

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