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Runoff in Peru Presidential Election

After a tense three days of civil unrest at home and growing pressure from abroad, Peru's National Electoral Process Office announced on Wednesday night that President Alberto Fujimori had not secured the 50 percent plus one vote needed to win Sunday's election. Fujimori came tantalizingly close, with over 49.8 percent, compared to the 40.31 for his challenger, Alejandro Toledo. The campaign was marked by blatant manipulation of the nation's media by Fujimori, various allegations of foul play or tampering on voting day, and suspicious delays in the vote count. These irregularities brought increasingly stern warnings from the US and European governments that relations would be jeapordized if the election did not move to a second round. This pressure has been strongly resented by Fujimori and his supporters. If the Peruvian President, who has been a key ally in the fight against drugs and political and economic instability in the Andean region, does win an unprecedented third term, US-Peruvian relations are unlikely to be as cordial as they were formerly. In the meantime, however, Fujimori faces a tough race, with a runoff election in late May or early June.
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April 14th, 2000
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April 3rd, 2003 at 12:38pm
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April 3rd, 2003 at 12:38pm
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