UPDATE: 10.25pm Susana Villaran, the left-wing candidate has won by just 1% according to the first ‘quick count’. This is the first result coming out after 100% of the votes have been counted. We are still waiting for the verified results from ONPE the Voting Oversite Agency. It’s very close and so the situation could change. However it looks like Susana has just squeeked in as Mayor of Lima. Her party hasn’t done so well in the district contests which may help to provide a counterweight to her in the future.
Millions go to vote today in the Municipal elections in Peru. These will help provide political factions with the power bases they need to win the Presidential elections next year.
In Lima, the economic heart of Peru, there is a clear choice between a flawed right of center candidate and a socialist with dubious marxist connections. All the usual marxist and national socialist suspects, as well as Chavez, are circling around seeing this as their stepping stone to forcing Peru sharp left next year. Let’s hope enough Peruvians reject the siren call of the populist and vote to keep Peru on it’s upwards path out of poverty. There is a great article on the canditates over at Big Peace, if anyone is interested.