Like Evo Morales and Lula de Silva, Pedro Castillo he has reached the political front line after passing through the union. Teacher, peasant and communist, Pedro Castillo is an ideological mix of Marxist orthodoxy and Latin American populism. The leader of Peru Libre wants to promote a constitutional change and nationalize energy resources, but opposes abortion and LGBT marriage. Like all the leaders of the Latin American populist left, he likes to be portrayed as a person of the people: riding a horse, with a cowboy hat and a huge pencil in hand. The emblem of your party.
Conservatives fear an economic earthquake at the prospect of a Peru ruled by Castillo, a fervent admirer of Hugo Chavez. They fear that Peru, a country with a markedly liberal economy, can become a failed state like Venezuela. The sol, the Peruvian currency, has plummeted to its lowest in a decade and the Lima stock market has lost 7% in the days of the final vote count.
To stop him, the conservative candidate Keiko Fujimori has deployed a “Trumpist” strategy, with accusations of electoral fraud –at the moment without providing evidence-. If the National Elections Jury confirms Castillo’s advantage, will be a weak president. Fujimori’s party and its allies have a parliamentary majority. For Castillo, it will not be easy to carry out his agenda with a fragmented and hostile Parliament.
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