President Alberto Fernandez his elected counterpart from Peru communicated this Thursday, Pedro Castillo, and expressed his desire to “join efforts in favor of Latin America.” Castillo declared himself the winner as early as last Tuesday night, when the count was above 95 percent of the vote, in a very tight election against the right-wing Keiko Fujimori. Today, with 99 percent of the votes counted, Castillo maintained an already irreversible advantage.
“We are deeply twinned nations. I celebrate that the dear Peruvian people face the future in democracy and with institutional strength,” said the Argentine president, regarding his message to the rural teacher that turned out to be the surprise of the elections in Peru and promised to end with decades of neoliberalism, to build a more redistributive, supervisory and more regulatory State that reviews the role of transnational companies and the exploitation of natural resources.
Castillo won by a minimal margin in a very even second round of elections against the daughter of former dictator Alberto Fujimori, who received the support of the entire Peruvian establishment and right-wing figures such as the writer Mario Vargas Llosa. This is the third ballottage that Fujimori has lost. Despite all this support from the power groups and the fake news around Castillo, including the threat of the creation of a “communist dictatorship” or the hint of links with the Shining Path, the rural teacher managed to prevail.
This is not the first time that Alberto Fernández greets an elected president before the official proclamation is made. Last November, the president sent his congratulations to Joe Biden, who also won a tight election, which was defined several days after election day and that former president Donald Trump tried to ignore, as is the case these days with Fujimori .
Castillo’s victory was also celebrated by the former president and top candidate for next year’s elections in Brazil, Lula Da Silva. “The result of the Peruvian polls is symbolic and represents another advance in the popular struggle in our beloved Latin America,” Lula assured.