Humala Wins Peru's Presidential Runoff - by Stephen Lendman
On April 10, Ollanta Humala received most support among five presidential candidates, but not a majority. Eliminated were former neoliberal President Alejandro Toledo, his former economic minister and Lima mayor Luis Castaneda Lossio, and former Prime Minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Discredited and now imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori's daughter Keiko proceeded to a runoff with him.
On June 6, New York Times writer Simon Romero headlined, "Ex-Officer Set to Win Narrow Victory in Peru," saying:
Incomplete returns show him heading for victory, rebuking Peru's "economic model that has driven (its) robust growth, (but left) millions of (its) citizens....mired in poverty...."
Washington Post writer Juan Forero called it an "unhappy choice," saying winner Humala openly admires "Venezuela's firebrand president, Hugo Chavez," then quoted Inter-American Dialogue head Michael Shifter claiming neither candidate is "committed to democracy."
Reuters said "(l)eftwing former army (Lt. Col.) Ollanta Humala claimed victory" in Sunday's elections, "strik(ing) a conciliatory tone as investors and the opposition worry he will ruin a long economic boom."
Wall Street Journal writer Matt Moffett said his win "rais(es) a cloud of uncertainty over what has been one of the world's most dynamic economies" by depriving Peru's poor for its rich as well as Western business interests.