We'll be back over the weekend to publish several posts especially on Sunday to cover Peru's presidential election.
According to the latest polls conservative Keiko Fujimori and nationalist Ollanta Humala are in a statistical dead heat in the race for the Peruvian presidency. In the weeks leading to Sunday's runoff, both candidates have engaged in mudslinging in order to gain any electoral advantage. Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani reportedly delivered a homily blasting the Humala campaign, and his opponents are doubtful that he has cut ties with former ally and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Meanwhile, critics of Fujimori point out that while she claims to distance herself from the human rights abuses of her imprisoned father (ex-president Alberto Fujimori) she has also boasted that he was "Peru's best president ever".
The following are commercials for both of the contenders to succeed current President Alan Garcia. Both Fujimori and Humala narrate their respective ads that touch on the need for more economic opportunities for Peruvians. Note the differences in imagery, however, as well as Keiko alluding to her father's controversial decade in the presidency.
Ollanta Humala - "Vamos con Ollanta":
Keiko Fujimori - "Seguridad y Opurtunidades":
Online Sources - The Irish Times, AP
Video Sources - YouTube