The above scenario could easily be reality in approximately one year’s time should Keiko Fujimori become Peru’s next president. One poll conducted earlier this month showed that the congresswoman was behind Lima mayor Luis Castaneda Lossio by a slim 1%. But an Ipsos Apoyo poll conducted last week showed her leapfrogging Castaneda by 2% as the top choice for president. Her 22% support was not enough to avoid a statistical dead heat yet the poll indicated that she has received increased popularity in all regions including Lima.
Fears of a resurgence between Peru’s Shining Path and Tupac Amaru rebel groups as well as the May release of Lori Berenson could explain Fujimori’s growing support according to Ipsos. Additionally, Castaneda has been hit with allegations of corruption and problems with the start of Lima’s new public transit system.
With nine months until the elections Keiko could capitalize on supporters of her disgraced father:
In May Keiko Fujimori announced her candidacy representing the pro-Fujimori Fuerza 2011 and using as symbol the letter ‘K’…Her main pledge is to free her dad whom she feels was “condemned as revenge by his political enemies.”Image- Peru 21
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