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Weekly Report - 05 May 2016 (WR-16-17)

PERU: Kuczynski gets tough on security and corruption

With fresh opinion polls suggesting that nothing separates Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Keiko Fujimori ahead of the second round of presidential elections on 5 June, the two candidates are seeking to cover their perceived weak spots while exposing the shortcomings of their opponents. Fujimori has done her level best to distance herself from the authoritarianism of the government of her father, former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), while attacking Kuczynski as being weak on security matters; Kuczynski, meanwhile, has promised to toughen sentences for criminals, especially officials found guilty of corruption, an indirect swipe at Keiko given her father’s conviction for embezzling public funds on a colossal scale.

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