Saturday, June 4, 2011

Peru, tomorrow the ballot presidenzialeTra the military populist Humala and Fujimori

The candidates for president in Peru: from left, Keiko Fujimori, and Ollanta Humala in Peru head to head for the presidential ballot tomorrow. The polls reflect a country with 19 million voters split down the middle, between the preferences for the progressive-nationalist candidate, Ollanta Humala, a populist right-wing and Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the controversial former president, in prison for human rights violations and corruption .

In the first round, the former Army lieutenant colonel got 31.8 percent of the vote, against 23.5 of the challenger. The Fujimori was initially strong in the polls, but then fell to 50.6 percent. If the curriculum is discussed by Fujimori's father, Humala, 48, was accused of abusing civilians in the past.

As a lieutenant colonel in the army, fought against the bloodthirsty terrorists 'Sendero Luminoso', and in 2000 led a coup attempt which led to escape of Fujimori father. Son of the founder of a nationalist ideology that exalts the legacy of the Incas in the country, Humala is a declared admirer of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Already proposed in 2006, was defeated by current President Alan Garcia. Keiko Fujimori, 36, businesswoman, has collected what had been sown by his father, the desired increase in social spending by the former president, has led to the daughter of the marginalized urban vote, especially in Lima.

With his nomination, opponents have rispolevrato the many skeletons hiding in the closet of past governments Peruvians. Among them, a string of former ministers discussed - including one responsible for the sterilization of 300 thousand Peruvian women - who are afraid of Fujimori to return to power.

Part of the comparisons between the two election candidates were based on their past, rather than the future. About the condition of Alberto Fujimori, who was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison if Humala has opened a possible pardon for humanitarian reasons or health reasons, insisted that his daughter Keiko will not release his father if elected.

A ghost named so as to tell the Nobel Prize for Literature Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa in the country that "there is an atmosphere that recalls the days of the dictatorship of Fujimori unclean." That 's what drove the writer, known for his liberal views, supporting the former military, with left-wing sympathies.

"Humala has changed and now his program is very similar to that of the democratic left the region - he said -. Ollanta is not like Chavez, Lula is like, "referring to the most progressive president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio da Silva. A rowing against the Catholic Church, however, worried about the legalization of abortion, included in the program of the candidate.

But even the right, fearful that the economic model proposed by Humala could disrupt various interests. In a country, Peru, in which GDP grows at 7 percent a year, but the redistribution of wealth does not reach the 35 per cent of the population. What Vargas Llosa - as many intellectuals of the country - it is however a call to choose the less damage to Peru.

In the first round, in fact, the writer had not asked to vote either candidate would have been like choosing "between cancer and AIDS," he said.

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