Keiko Fujimori and Ollanta Humala, presidential candidates of Peru, attacked each other during the only debate prior to the presidential elections that took place Sunday night. Hours before the candidates met face to face, interviews revealed that both candidates are tied.
Humala, a leftist former military officer, focused his attacks noting that Keiko’s government would be the continuity of Alberto Fujimori’s one (1990-2000), father of the applicant who is sentenced to 25 years in prison for human rights violation and corruption.
Humala said the government of Fujimori, in which Keiko was first lady, “misappropriated 600 million dollars.”
Later, in one of the most tense moments of the debate, Humala referred to the charge -investigated without findings- “that during the government of Alberto Fujimori, more than 300,000 women (in the Andes and Amazonia) were sterilized without their consent. You (as first lady) were 26, you were not a girl.”
The rightist congress woman Fujimori insisted that her adversary has changed at least four times his government plan and referred to an attempted coup d’etat in 2000, Humala now running against the government of Fujimori, was later pardoned. Also asked about a possible change in the Constitution, Humala has proposed and has generated fear in business circles. Keiko told the leftist candidate “you’re debating with me, if you want to discuss with Alberto Fujimori, you can go to Diroes”
Polls published on Sunday agree that Humala has recovered positions.
Ipsos Apoyo firm gives Fujimori 41% and 39% for her rival, with 20% for undecided voters or the ones who would vote blank. In its last poll a week ago, the advantage of the congress woman was 2.8 points. If only the valid votes are cast (excluding spoiled ballot papers and blank ones), there is a difference of one percentage point favoring Fujimori (50.5%) over Humala (49.5%), according to this poll.