RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The official proclamation of Pedro Castillo as Peru’s elected president is imminent after electoral juries took a month and a half to process and reject more than a thousand appeals and protests from the right Keiko Fujimori, who persists in denouncing without proof an alleged “fraud”.
Just one week before the presidential transition, the National Election Jury (JNE) said on Monday that the last five appeals presented by Fujimori’s party, Fuerza Popular, were unfounded, which has so far prevented the formalization of electoral results.
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This was confirmed to the Efe agency by JNE sources, whose plenary has for the first time a free and unhindered way to deal with the results submitted by each of the 60 special juries that make up the Peruvian electoral system, which should take place in the next few hours.
In their resolution, they will likely ratify the results of the control carried out by the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), where Castillo obtained 50.12% of the valid votes, with a narrow margin of only 44,000 votes over his rival.
This small advantage was used by the Peruvian right to accentuate the polarization of the electoral campaign and to drive the country to unprecedented tension due to its refusal to admit the results, including exhortations to the armed forces to disobey Castillo. , which in practice would be a coup.
During this period, demonstrations took place, especially in the capital, which at times turned violent, such as when last weekend a group of Fujimori supporters tried to win the government palace in Lima, in the midst of the candidate’s struggle. in the presidential election with the bodies.
Since the election results already anticipated her third consecutive defeat in a presidential election the day after the poll, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), who was facing a charge of more than 30 years in prison for money laundering, cried âsystematic fraudâ.
In a strategy very similar to that used by Donald Trump in the last US presidential elections, Fujimori attempted to nullify some 200,000 votes from the Andean, rural and poor regions where Castillo had garnered overwhelming support, mainly for allegedly forged signatures that ‘he could never prove.
Far from proving the allegations, many people allegedly affected by this fraud have come out publicly to deny Fujimori and reaffirm that the signatures on the voter registers were theirs.
At the same time, the legitimacy of Peruvian elections has been endorsed by organizations such as the Organization of American States and the European Union, as well as the governments of the United States and Canada, among other countries and multilateral institutions.
During this time, and despite the absence of an official proclamation, Castillo immediately began to see himself as the winner of the elections and to act as president-elect with meetings with different political leaders, businessmen and diplomatic delegations of countries like China, but without making public statements to journalists.
As he did in the final stages of his election campaign, Castillo was airtight and did not grant interviews beyond a brief statement to the foreign press where there was no possibility of Questions.
Without official proclamation, the handover of the administration, now led by interim president Francisco Sagasti, focused on accelerating vaccination and ensuring the supply of covid-19 vaccines until the end of the day. end of the year, could not start. Is.
This means Castillo and his team will have barely a week to take the reins of the state before donning the presidential sash on July 28, the very day the country commemorates 200 years of independence.
THE PRIME MINISTER, THE BIG POINT OF QUESTIONING
For now, the professor from the North Andean region of Cajamarca has stated that he will not anticipate the names of those who will be his ministers before the arrival of the long-awaited JNE appointment, after rumors started these last hours with multiple names.
âThese are transcendences and speculations. After the proclamation of the JNE, we will make the corresponding official announcements for the Bicentennial government, âCastillo wrote on social media.
Among the names ringing to join the Council of Ministers are economist Pedro Francke and doctor Hernando Cevallos for the Economy and Health portfolios, respectively, but the main unknown is the Prime Minister.
Sunday, the name of former Congressman Roger NÃ¡jar, head of the government plan of Free Peru and close to the controversial Vladimir CerrÃ³n, leader of the party who declares himself a Marxist and who was convicted of corruption while he was governor of the Junin. region, has been unearthed.