Peru candidates ‘tied’ ahead of vote

A combination file photo shows Peru's presidential candidates (L-R) Keiko Fujimori after voting and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski arriving to vote, during the presidential election in Lima, Peru, in these April 10, 2016 file photosImage copyright

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Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Kuczinski look set to go forward to the second round

Peru’s presidential candidates Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski are tied ahead of Sunday’s election, according to last-minute opinion polls.

Centre-right candidate Ms Fujimori, 41, had led in the polls after winning the first round of voting in April.

But Mr Kuczynski, 77, an ex-Wall Street financier and World Bank executive, has since narrowed the gap.

Ms Fujimori is the daughter of ex-President Alberto Fujimori, who is in jail for crimes against humanity.

She has said tackling crime is her priority and won support from some Peruvians who credit her father with defeating the country’s Maoist Shining Path rebel group.

Shadow of jailed ex-president cast over Peru polls

But others say they would never support anyone associated with her father, who is serving 25 years in prison for ordering death squads to massacre civilians during his attempts to end the insurgency.

Mr Kuczynski is supported by the main opposition forces, including prominent figures such as left-wing former candidate Veronika Mendoza and the Nobel Prize winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.

But he has faced scrutiny over his close relationship to the Peru’s business elite.

Some 23 million Peruvians are expected to vote on Sunday in the election to replace outgoing leftist President Ollanta Humala.

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