The victory of Peruvian President-elect Pedro Castillo is confirmed after weeks of uncertainty that has fueled deep divisions.
Peruvian President-elect Pedro Castillo has said he would like to form a pluralist government, in his first remarks to reporters after his election. the victory was confirmed in the deeply divided South American nation.
The union leader of left-wing professors said Tuesday he plans to form a “working team” made up of people from different political persuasions.
Peru’s electoral jury has confirmed Castillo’s narrow victory over right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori on Monday, more than six weeks later a presidential runoff which further polarized the country, which has been hit hard by COVID-19 and which has seen years of political instability.
“We call on all experts and technicians, to the most distinguished and engaged people in the country,” said Castillo, who will be inaugurating next week.
“We are structuring a working team and I see that there are also people who are interested in contributing to supporting this government, from across the political spectrum.”
Runoff results have been delayed as well Fujimori had accused him – without any proof – that the vote was afflicted by widespread electoral fraud. His legal team had sought to disqualify thousands of votes.
But international observers including the Organization of American States (OAS) have said they have found no evidence of serious irregularities.
Fujimori – the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, jailed for human rights abuses – said she would accept the result, but reiterated her statement that Castillo had stolen votes to win and invited her supporters to mobilize to “defend democracy.”
Castillo said he wants to increase spending on health care and education by raising funds from the mining tax increase. His plans resonated in a country with the highest number of deaths per capita since COVID-19 and wide gap between rural and urban wealth.
But experts have he said many of his policies – and their plan to implement – remain unclear.
“Even after being elected, Castillo remains a stranger,” said Gonzalo Banda, a political scientist at the Catholic University of Santa Marta in Peru. he told Al Jazeera before the official results were announced Monday.
Castillo will face other obstacles, particularly in Peru’s unicameral parliament, where his party will have 37 legislators out of 130 members while the Fujimori People’s Force party will have 24 seats, the second largest bloc.
Peru has seen great protests in recent weeks from both Castillo and Fujimori supporters. Castillo’s supporters had urged electoral authorities to respect the will of the Peruvian people, while Fujimori wanted an investigation into the fraud allegations of his favorite candidate.
“I ask for calm and serenity from the Peruvian people.” This is not only the responsibility of the government but also that of all Peruvians, ”Castillo said.
You should soon announce his cabinet and appointments to key ministries.