Elections 2021: How much does the support of César Acuña's party benefit Fuerza Popular?

The recent institutional support of Alliance for Progress the Fujimori candidacy may have an indirect, but positive, effect on the northern campaign. Mauricio Zavaleta considers that, although they do not have the capacity to endorse, the organization has an important party infrastructure in the region.

The party’s national plenary decided to back its leader Cesar Acuna to support Fuerza Popular in the second round. The former candidate argued that they consider Keiko Fujimori as a better alternative than his opponent, Pedro Castillo.

“The decision has been made without having spoken with the candidate. There is nothing under the table, there is no arrangement or personal interest. It’s my country, and I’m going to play it for my country, ”Acuña said at the meeting called yesterday in Cieneguilla.

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This alliance is not a surprising event, since both parties are oriented to the right of the political spectrum, “beyond the fact that in this congressional period APP has promoted some anti-technical laws,” says the political scientist Mauricio Zavaleta. “Against Castillo and Keiko Fujimori, it is not surprising to me that they end up supporting the most right-wing option,” he adds.

Acuña’s party has had good results in the north of the country, and in the first round of this year it led the votes for La Libertad. Can you mobilize that support for the orange candidate?

Zavaleta believes that it is not Acuña’s charisma that allowed him to achieve these results, but rather the party infrastructure of his organization. “[APP] have a very weak presidential candidate. In general, you are in a country where presidential candidates do not have that capacity [de movilización], and Acuña fulfills that norm ”, comments the political scientist.

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The benefit that can come from this alliance is precisely the instruments that APP has to campaign in the region. “To do politics you need a minimum infrastructure, and that is linked to people who can move around, who can also give you a van, provide you with resources, provide you with the machinery that may exist in the peripheral neighborhoods of Trujillo. That is the advantage, it is an advantage if you want administrative ”explains Zavaleta.

For the political scientist, this infrastructure, if it is made available to the Fujimori campaign, can be very useful, since Fuerza Popular does not have those resources at the subnational level.

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