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Peru's presidential candidates dine as country votes in tight election

Sunday, June 05, 2016 - 00:51

Former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and right-wing populist Keiko Fujimori hold special breakfast events as Peruvians cast their ballots in a tight run-off for the presidency. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and right-wing populist Keiko Fujimori held special breakfast events on Sunday (June 5) as Peruvians cast their ballots in a tight run-off for the presidency. Fujimori's lead over Kuczynski, 77, melted away in recent days, evoking memories of her close defeat to outgoing President Ollanta Humala in 2011. In opinion polls by Ipsos and GfK taken on Saturday, Kuczynski pulled slightly ahead of Fujimori though the two remained in a statistical dead-heat. The 41-year-old Fujimori has spent the last five years seeking to broaden her appeal beyond loyalists to her father, Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year sentence for graft and human rights abuses. She kicked his staunchest defenders off her party's congressional ticket and has stepped up the movement's presence in provinces she lost to left-leaning Humala in 2011. Still, many voters remain wary with some of Fujimori's new associates mired in fresh scandals. While both candidates are fiscal conservatives who would maintain a free-market model in the resource-rich Andean economy, their styles and approaches differ wildly. The election pits the Fujimori family's brand of conservative populism against Kuczynski's elite background and stiff technocratic style that has curbed his appeal in poor provinces and working-class districts.

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Peru's presidential candidates dine as country votes in tight election

Sunday, June 05, 2016 - 00:51