Pedro Castillo’s narrow win in PeruDate: 23 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
The result of June election has declared Pedro Castillo as the President-elect of Peru. The result comes a month after a highly polarized electoral battle.
Castillo is a rural school teacher who comes from Andes region of the country. He was a left-wing trade union leader.
Castillo gained a lead of just about 44,000 votes in the election. His opponent and right-wing politician Keiko Fujimori had alleged electoral fraud.
These allegations had forced the withholding of results. The final voting had taken place after they emerged frontrunners among 18 other potential candidates.
Situation in Peru
Peru is infamous for its instability of institutions. It has changed four presidents and two parliaments in a span of five years.
While some sections have expressed happiness over Castillo’s win, there are apprehensions about his ability to implement sweeping reforms due to small victory margin.
Castillo was a union leader and belonged to the Peru Libre, a Marxist party. He has promised nationalizing of mining sector and creating new jobs in rural areas.
He is said to be in favour of introducing measures such as death penalty to tackle crimes. He has links with several left-wing extremist groups in the country.
Victory of left wing
Many people have bad memories of Shining Path Communist insurgency of the 1980s. They fear a similar fate if Castillo does not renounce ties with left-wing extremists.
Castillo has promised to improve heath sector and improving social welfare schemes for the poor. There are also chances of nationalizing mining industry.