FILE PHOTO: Peru’s presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, who will face Pedro Castillo in a run-off election in June, greets supporters at a produce market, in Lima, Peru April 21, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda/File Photo

The race for Peru’s presidency has tightened further as the latest poll on Friday showed right-wing opponent Keiko Fujimori has trimmed off the lead points of socialist candidate Pedro Castillo just weeks before the election on June 6.

As against the initial speed at which he garnered so many votes, Castillo was only able to score an additional point in the last survey carried out Datum International whereas Fujimori gained four points to reach 40%.

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That gap is a far cry from just weeks ago when polls showed a seemingly unassailable lead for Castillo, a teacher and former union leader who has pledged to rewrite the Andean country’s constitution and threatened to nationalize mineral resources.

Still leading with 42%, Castillo, little-known until a shock win in the first round election in April, has gained strong support among Peru’s poor, especially in rural areas away from the capital, who have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and sharp economic slide.

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When Datum took out undecided votes, Castillo was raised to 44% while Fujimori, the daughter of ex-president Alberto Fujimori who is in jail for corruption and human rights abuses, is seen having 41%.

 

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