Tomorrow Peruvians will cast their votes to determine the fate of their country. Their choices are Keiko Fujimori the right wing daughter of a former autocratic president, now in prison for large scale corruption, and Ollanta Humala a far left wing nationalist whose brother is in prison for leading an armed uprising which Humala supported. There you have it. What a choice. The daughter of a convict, versus a terrorist that participated in a coup. Like choosing cancer or aids.
One thing is clear, whoever wins will certainly pardon their family members and rely on them as advisers.
What is not clear is how much power either candidate can wield if elected. The poles show the election is too close to call. A statistical tie, with 9% undecided, which is hard to believe, and 6% expected to vote blank which is easier to believe since voting is mandatory and neither candidate is acceptable. If that plays out in real life, which ever candidate wins will not have a mandate. Of course we know that doesn’t stop politicians from acting as if they have a mandate.
Humala started out using Venezuela and Cuba as his proposed economic models but now says he favors the Brazilian economic model. Many people believes he is Chavez’s puppet. That he modified his rhetoric to win a few votes from the undecided. Many people believe Fujimori will use her father’s power brokers and corruption will reign again. She says she won’t pardon her father. Many believe she says that to win a few votes from the undecided.
I am not allowed to vote, so I should remain non-political. That would be essentially voting blank, but I do have an opinion. Keiko, if elected President, would basically continue with the economic policies of the last 10 years. Peru has had the fastest growing economy in South America for the last 10 years so why would the voters want to change that. My life would remain peaceful and prosperous. If Ollanta becomes President it is possible he would build up the military, nationalize foreign investments, cause hyper-inflation, start a war with Chile that Peru probably would not win, ruin the economy and as a result, the economy of Dawn on the Amazon. I am counting on the wisdom of the Peruvian people not to experiment with Ollanta. Don’t let her last name get in your way…vote for Keiko.
Keiko Or Ollanta Do Not Use Their Last Names
Bill Grimes reporting from Iquitos Peru.