The Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo maintained a small advantage in the polarized presidential election results. Uncertainty could lead to political instability, market chaos and deep social fragmentation.
Castillo is the son of an illiterate farmer. He attacked the political elite and won the favor of the rural poor. After counting 99.8% of the votes, his approval rate was 50.2%, only 0.4% higher than right-wing competitor Keiko Fujimori.
Fujimori, a politically powerful family member, made unsubstantiated allegations of Castillo cheating in the election, claiming that his left-wing party denied it. International and domestic observers assessed that the election was normal.
Voices from rural and remote areas of the Amazon rainforest tend to emphasize candidates of his rural origin, enabling him to surpass the daughter of former President Albert Fujimori (1990-2000).
In a country where there is a fine for not voting, 17,803,306 of the 23,262,475 registered voters cast their votes. More than 1 million ballots were declared invalid, and more than 100,000 votes were not cast for any candidates.