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Weekly Report - 22 April 2021 (WR-21-16)

Castillo carves out early advantage as Peru’s polarised campaign begins

Peru plunged headlong this week into one of the most polarised electoral campaigns in the country’s history. A surfeit of presidential candidates, none of whom held much appeal, allowed two extremists to make it through to the second round, which will be held on 6 June. An electoral survey conducted within days of the first round on 11 April suggests that, for now, antipathy towards Keiko Fujimori, the candidate of the right-wing Fuerza Popular (FP), is greater than fear of the radical shake-up being promised by Pedro Castillo, her rival running for the far-left Perú Libre. One thing is clear. Political instability is just as likely to define the next five years in Peru as it has the last five.

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