Fujimori ‘wins first round’ in Peru

Peru's presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori waves to supporters and press after voting at presidential election in Lima 10 April 2016Image copyright
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Keiko Fujimori is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori

Centre-right candidate Keiko Fujimori has won the first round of Peru’s presidential election, exit polls say.

Ms Fujimori, who won about 40% of the vote, will face one of two challengers in a run-off vote in June.

Her rivals, centrist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and leftist Veronika Mendoza, are neck and neck with about 20% of the vote each, exit polls said.

Ms Fujimori, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, says tackling crime is her priority.

She is also supported by some Peruvians who credit her father with defeating the country’s Maoist Shining Path rebel group.

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Leftist Veronika Mendoza won about 20% of the vote, polls say

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Centrist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski also won about 20% of the vote

Suspected leftist rebels killed three people in an attack on a vehicle carrying election materials in a remote coca-growing region ahead of the election.

Shadow of jailed ex-president cast over Peru polls

Mr Fujimori is currently serving 25 years in prison for ordering death squads to massacre civilians during his attempts to end the insurgency.

The Shining Path rebel group was largely dismantled in the 1990s after a decade-long conflict that killed about 69,000 people.

However, rebels estimated to number in the hundreds still control areas of jungle in a coca-growing region of the country and the Peruvian authorities say they have joined forces with drug gangs.

Peru is one of the biggest coca leaf and cocaine producers in the world, according to the US authorities.

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Some 23m Peruvians were eligible to vote



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