Saturday, April 22, 2006

Peru Election: Do we have a runner-up? permanent link   3 comments
Latest results as of 8.00pm, Sunday, 97.66% of counted votes:

Ollanta Humala: 30.73%
Alan Garcia: 24.33%
Lourdes Flores: 23.64%

Alan Garcia leads Lourdes Flores by 83,154 votes, or 0.69%.


The race for second place which qualifies for an electoral one-on-one on May 28th is all but decided. Since there are no extraterrestrial voters to expect who could change the outcome significantly, it will take Lourdes Flores a major miracle or a couple of rocket boosters to catapult her halfway to the promised land.
Humala and Garcia are already putting on their punching gloves and have resumed their campaigns by invading hostile territory trying to steal voters in each others backyard. Humala was in Trujillo yesterday, APRA country in Northern Peru, and Garcia tried to woo voters away from his nemesis in Puno, Humala's stronghold in Southern Peru.
The National Jury of Elections (JNE) will finish off the subject of solving 'actas' under observation, which would allow the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) to reach the vote count of 99.80 percent between today and tomorrow.

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today's featured links and related articles:

Max Cameron going out on a limb, then stopping short :-) :
How I predicted the peruvian election

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news in brief:

- The evacuation of settlers living in close proximity to the 'Ubinas' volcano continues. Farmers in the nearest town of Querapi offered their livestock to buyers at half price and boarded buses to the city of Arequipa, six hours away on poorly maintained roads. "There are no more cars, we need more vehicles so people can come here," an agitated woman balancing luggage and an infant said upon arriving in Arequipa.
"We have been in bad shape for days. The water and the corn, everything is contaminated," she told local TV. Livestock have been poisoned by eating grass coated with volcanic ash and some 20 llamas have died.
Regional officials said another 250 villagers and nearly 500 animals would be evacuated from Querapi on Saturday to a safer area nearby.

see video (in Spanish, MS IE and media player only)

- Today marks the 9-year anniversary of the end of the hostage crisis in the Japanese ambassador's official residence in Lima when on April 22, 1997, troops stormed in and freed all but one of 72 hostages held inside, ending a four-month siege of the building by anti-government 'Tupac Amaru' rebels.

read a recount of the events here (BBC.com)
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3 Comments:

At 4/24/2006 12:08:00 PM, Blogger Diana Kennedy wrote...

Hello Inka Wolf! Just a little hello to say - wow, what a mesmerizing blog. Peru is a country that fascinates me very much. This blog goes right into my favorites.

 
At 4/24/2006 12:15:00 PM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

gracias Diana!

Well, it looks like writing comments is working.
A note to all readers: Blogspot/Google is having problems worldwide, they don't let me publish anything for over 12 hours now.
I appreciate your patience and will let you know when it's all fixed.

Inka

 
At 4/24/2006 12:27:00 PM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

and just as I wrote my last comment, WE ARE BACK IN BUSINESS!

Whoopee!

 

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