Opus Dei, leftist, former goalie, political heiress: who's who in Peru election race?

LIMA – Peru will vote for a new president on Sunday after a year of political turmoil, with a focus on the coronavirus pandemic, economic recovery, corruption and world No. 1 mining policy. 2 copper producer.

With a fragmented field, the April 11th vote is unlikely to produce a final winner, which would result in a runoff on June 6th. With many Peruvians tired of politics, the race is one of the most unpredictable in years.

Peruvian presidential candidates, top row from left, Verónika Mendoza from Juntos por el Peru, Hernando de Soto from the Avanza Pais party and George Forsyth from the National Victory party. Bottom row: Yonhy Lescano from Accion Popular, Keiko Fujimori from Fuerza Popular Party and Rafael López Aliaga from Renovacion Popular Party.Reuters

Yohny Lescano – The Leader

The 62-year-old Lescano is an experienced lawmaker who reconciles the left-wing economy and is socially conservative at the same time. He leads in opinion polls with just over 10% support.

He has pledged to renegotiate a fairer distribution of mining assets, cut gas prices, set up a state-owned airline, and push private banks to lower interest rates.

Verónika Mendoza – The Left

The 40-year-old Mendoza has risen in recent polls. It is viewed with a wary eye by the markets, concerned about its support for a referendum on a new constitution to give the state a more active role in intervening in “strategic sectors”.

The Cusco-born anthropologist, who studied psychology in France, where she also has nationality, has worked in an indigenous research center and in the field of human rights. She ran for president in 2016 and took third place.

She wants to review tax exemptions for larger companies and create a wealth tax for the super-rich. She has also suggested temporarily controlling the production and supply of medical oxygen amid shortages due to the pandemic.

Keiko Fujimori – The Political Legacy

The 45-year-old Fujimori is the eldest daughter of the incarcerated ex-President Alberto Fujimori, a political powerhouse in the country before he was overthrown for human rights and corruption convictions. She has already competed twice and got close in 2016.

The US-trained conservative free market supporter has proposed unlocking large mining projects to boost the economy and pledged to create 2 million jobs to build schools, medical centers and roads.

Despite a recurrence of COVID-19 cases, Fujimori has advocated easing some restrictions to allow some companies and restaurants to work longer. It also promises a tough stance on crime and police reform.

Fujimori himself faces an investigation into alleged money laundering and receives $ 1.2 million from the Brazilian company Odebrecht, for which prosecutors are seeking a 31-year prison sentence. She denies the charges.

Hernando De Soto – The Economist

The 79-year-old economist would continue expansionary fiscal and monetary policies to revitalize the economy and has supported strict border controls against “foreign criminals”.

He has helped enable private companies to accelerate Peru’s stalled COVID-19 vaccination program. “Private community sectors and NGOs will compete to get the best vaccines,” he told local television.

In late March, De Soto admitted traveling to the United States to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which sparked widespread criticism.

George Forsyth – The Football Star

Forsyth, former national soccer team goalkeeper, led the polls last year but has slipped in recent months. He has launched a campaign to clean up Peruvian politics that has long been haunted by corruption.

The 38-year-old former district mayor of Lima, who usually wears jeans and a shirt, is committed to cutting red tape in the mining sector and building a mining “trust” to increase the royalties companies pay to the state.

Forsyth is also committed to reforming the Peruvian pension system and improving health insurance for senior citizens.

Rafael López Aliaga – Opus Dei

López Aliaga, a hotel and railroad magnate, is an ultra-conservative member of Opus Dei who is often compared to Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro.

Nicknamed “Porky” after the famous cartoon pig, the 60-year-old has hyped his socially conservative credentials, including opposition to abortion and gay marriage, and received support from some voters for his fiery and direct style.

López Aliaga has pledged to tighten the government, cut gas prices and evict the Brazilian company Odebrecht from the country after accepting bribes to win public works.

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