Thousands took to the streets of Peru Tuesday to protest the presidential candidacy of Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori. The former president is currently in prison for authorizing death squads and corruption during his decade in power between 1990 and 2000. Incumbent President Ollanta Humala is ineligible for elections this year due to constitutional term limitations. This leaves the candidacy to Fujimori, 41, and pro-business conservative and former World Bank economist, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Kuczynski was expected to join the protests but canceled the plan in a last-minute decision. Reuters reported Kuczynski as stating that it would be “undemocratic” for him to join calls to stop Fujimori.
In the first round of presidential elections, Fujimori emerged victorious, with Kuczynski, 77, coming in second ahead of leftist congresswoman, Veronika Mendoza.
According to an Ipsos poll released Sunday, Fujimori is shown beating Kuczynski in the runoff election scheduled for June 5, Reuters reported. Fujimori was seen garnering 45.9 percent of votes while Kuczynski was getting 40.6 percent of votes.