Thursday, April 20, 2006

Peru Election: Garcia recuperating permanent link   2 comments
Latest results as of 6.30pm, Thursday, 93.506% of counted votes:

Ollanta Humala: 30.825%
Alan Garcia: 24.337%
Lourdes Flores: 23.612%

Alan Garcia is recuperating from Flores' late surge and again increased his lead to 84.147 votes (0,72%).
News In Brief:

- In regard to the announcement of Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, to withdraw from the Andean Community of Nations, Alan Garcia said that this can only be seen as "anti - bolivariano". He indicated that "it is the second time that a Venezuelan government breaks the unitiy that the liberator Simón Bolivar wanted for our Andean republics.

- Lourdes Flores confirmed that the mayor of Lima, Luis Castañeda Lossio, and his political grouping 'Solidaridad Nacional' - embedded in Flores' alliance 'Unidad National' for the presidential/congressional elections - expressed the intention to run separately at the upcoming municipal elections.
Flores, however, reassured that this will not have a splintering effect for the alliance in Congress, whatever the outcome of the current elections will be. "I am convinced that there will be no divide or cracking in our congressional coalition, that is clear", she said.

- The belching volcano 'Ubinas' had a major hiccup this morning shortly after 11 am.
A heavy explosion was registered, emanating a strong column of smoke, gases and ashes. This situation has created a great anxiety and preoccupation among settlers in the area and they requested to speed up evacuation procedures from regional government officials.

- In an attempt to dissipate one of the greater concerns that are hung over his candidacy, Ollanta Humala met with the directors of the Council of the Peruvian Press yesterday to reiterate his position with respect to the freedom of expression in our country and to clarify aspects related to the status of the mass media in a possible nationalistic government.
"We reaffirm the right of access to information for every citizen, the respect for freedom of expression, which is a part of our political, democratic project", he told the journalists.
In a virtual nationalistic government he asked to work together in the fight against diffusion of democratic values and corruption.
Lourdes Flores welcomed his comments and added: "I just hope he sticks to his word".

Today's related articles:

The New York Times analyzes Latin America's Populist Shift and mirrors the sagging fortunes of traditional political parties across Latin America.
From Venezuela to Argentina, many of the traditional parties that built dynasties through patronage and hard-knuckle politics — but also offered stability, a clear ideology and experienced functionaries ready to govern — are disintegrating. Disillusioned by corruption and a failure to deliver prosperity, voters are increasingly captivated by new, mostly leftist movements promising to redistribute wealth, punishing traditional parties and turning political systems on their heads.

Nathan Newman at the TPM Cafe has a very critical opinion of the NYT article mentioned above (includes some very interesting comments, too):
Today's New York Times article has to rank as one of the most pathetic explanations of the fury from the impoverished masses in the streets. Except for a phrase that people are "frustrated with Washington-backed economic prescriptions," the article completely ignores the US government's role in propping up dictators and using international institutions like the IMF and World Bank to transfer natural assets to giant multinationals at the expense of the people in the region.



At 4/20/2006 07:06:00 PM, Anonymous rici wrote...

Wolfy, I think that the "surge" is a chimera, but I could be wrong. To get a better picture, I split the vote count into Extranjero, Lima, and the rest of the country; you can see the graph on the UBC blog. The percentages there indicate the number of voters in mesas which have actually been counted; the other ones are mostly being revised, although there are still a few dribbling in as well. As the Lima and foreign actas are revised, Alan will start to drop again, but I think he will still win.

In the beginning of all of this, I predicted a victory of 30,000 votes, and out of some sort of misplaced ethic, I'm not going to change that now (although I actually expect the result will be a little higher).

At 4/21/2006 09:44:00 AM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

thank you so much. "chimera", heh :-))
I agree with your prediction, Flores seems to be running out of steam. And she knows it.



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