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Keiko Fujimori votes in Peruvian presidential election

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 00:52

Leading Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori casts her vote in Lima in Sunday's presidential election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Peru's leading presidential candidate, Keiko Fujimori, cast her vote in the Andean country's presidential elections in Lima on Sunday. Fujimori is favored to win Sunday's first-round presidential election, though she is not expected to exceed the 50 percent mark needed to win outright and avoid a June run-off. The U.S.-educated former congresswoman has worked to distance herself from her father, imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori, after she lost the 2011 election. A center-right politician, she has vowed to preserve democracy and keep 25 years of free-market policies intact. The 40-year-old Fujimori enjoys a double-digit lead over her closest rivals who are battling it out for second place. An Ipsos poll on Saturday evening gave Fujimori 35.8 percent of valid votes, while Wall Street favorite Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, 77, had 21 percent, a statistical tie with left-wing nationalist Veronika Mendoza, 35, with 20.1 percent of votes. Peruvians go to the polls to choose the successor to Ollanta Humala with their country of 30 million on track to become the world's number 2 copper producer after nearly two decades of uninterrupted economic growth. Opponents of Fujimori were mostly split between former World Bank economist Kuczynski, and Mendoza, a congresswoman from Cuzco who wants to scrap Peru's 1993 constitution and limit mining. Kuczynski has called for supporters of other minor candidates to rally around him as the only option for a "sensible center." Polls showed Kuczynski had a better chance of beating Fujimori in a run-off, though at least one poll last week said Mendoza could tie with her in an eventual second round.

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Keiko Fujimori votes in Peruvian presidential election

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 00:52