Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Peru Elections: The Foreign Press Starts To Notice permanent link   6 comments
as the countdown to April 9th continues like Michael Schumacher in 6th gear, the US media starts to chime in.
Some good articles during the last couple of days at CNN.com, the 'Washington Post', the 'New York Times' and several British papers and news agencies:

Woman in tough campaign for Peru presidency

Peru's Constant Cry For Change

Nationalism and Populism Propel Front-Runner

The UK's 'Financial Times' calles Humala a

Rebel with a radical cause
(written by By Ollanta Humala, Hal Weitzman!!) ...... huh??? Now that's funny :-)

Reuters Alertnet sees that a
Conservative woman struggles to win over Peru's poor

The British 'Telegraph' remarks that South America's anti-United States axis is about to gain a new recruit.
Former coup leader vows to free Peru from US 'exploitation'

...more articles in the "comment" section.

What really bothers me is the lack of interest in German newspapers and magazines. I even wrote an email to the editors of "Spiegel online" a week ago complaining about it. No response, of course.

and roughly an hour after I made my comment in disappointment, Spiegel Online International sends us a postcard with an interview of Ollanta Humala! Hah, it worked!!!! Bloggers rule!
However, the contents of this article is rather "old news" but better than nothing at all.
"We Are the New Face of Latin America"



At 4/01/2006 08:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Hey Wolf--

So glad you posted this.

Enjoyed reading each article.

Made me do a little research, since I realized I mostly read about the elections via the online Peruvian press.

Found this article from The Economist dated 3/13, don't know if you saw it, also interesting:

Economist Article

I guess as of this weekend, Coundown Number One has begun.

And here in the US, today is April Fool's Day.



I saw in an interview in La República that Margarita Chu, the head of the agency overseeing the elections, said in case there is a run-off, it has to happen 30 days after the election results are officially 'certified' (I don't recall the exact word they use in Peru, but here, that's the word).

Do we know how soon after April 9 the official results will be in and the names of the two candidates going to the run-off will be made public?

Also, what about election fraud? Margarita Chu said that was 'taken care of.' But, does that mean in all parts of the country or in the Lima Metropolitana region?

And, is that an accurate statement?



At 4/02/2006 11:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

This article appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:

Los Angeles Times article about the Peruvian elections



At 4/04/2006 09:46:00 AM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

thanks for posting the additional links.
re. fraud: I really don't think this will happen. Virtually every political party has a representative at the 88,000 polling stations and the United Nations and OAS have sent delegations to watch closely. See also this little article in El Comercio:
OEA descarta fraude en elecciones
good question about when the results will be finalized. It is fair to assume that the counting process will take longer in rural areas, therefore I expect Humala to surge later in the evening/night.
The date for a likely 2nd round run-off has already been set for May 7th.

At 4/04/2006 10:01:00 AM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

another rather bleak outlook in the likely event of a Humala victory by the Miami Herald:
Humala wrong man for presidency

At 4/04/2006 10:16:00 AM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

geez, the foreign press really starts to heat up:
this from today's "Guardian" in the UK, including a few reader comments:

Another angry neighbour for Bush

although, the British author should get his geography right, Peru is hardly a "neighbor" of the USA.
Like one commenter stated "Lima is farther from New York than London is. And you are certainly not our neighbor."

At 4/04/2006 10:46:00 AM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

a great analysis by the BBC in the UK:

How the US 'lost' Latin America


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