Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Peru Election: A debate ... or not permanent link   0 comments
Latest results as of 11.00am, Tuesday, 99.980% of counted votes:

Ollanta Humala: 30.624%
Alan Garcia: 24.325%
Lourdes Flores: 23.800%

The current difference between Garcia and Flores is 64,512 votes or 0.525%.

Meanwhile, the ridiculous wait for 100% continues. ONPE announced today that the official results of the first electoral round will be published "later today or tomorrow". Also, the results of the election for Congress will be known in about 10 days.
My advice: Don't take it for granted.
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After many roundtrip missiles have been fired between Ollanta Humala and Alan Garcia regarding the modalities of a televised presidential debate, it seems that we are finally approaching a solution.
Garcia abandoned his original proposal yesterday and accepted the terms raised by Humala, that a debate would have to include a controversy between the political advisors from both candidates.
Garcia previously insisted on a one-on-one debate between the presidential candidates only, since they are the central actors.

"Tell me what day and have Mr. Humala sit next to me. I will come with my future cabinet members and advisors and Mr. Humala with his. Perfect, then we are all satisfied. Just tell me the date", he declared in an interview with "RPP Noticias" which, by the way, is one of the possible broadcasters for that encounter.

Furthermore, although he intended to no longer speak on the subject of his verbal tug-of-war with Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez, he revealed that Venezuelan delegates had invited him on more than one occasion to meet with Chávez in Caracas.
However, he declined. "I did not accept because I don't need to meet with the godfathers of a person who politically depends on them because I believe he doesn't have a sufficient preparation", he said, alluding to his assumption that Chávez would maintain a 'padrino' role for Humala. In addition, he objected to the lukewarm attitude of the UPP candidate towards the latest verbal excesses of Hugo Chávez, indicating that Humala behaved in "an absolutely complacient" way.
In spite of the tense diplomatic situation, Garcia was optimistic in respect to the future of the bilateral relations with Venezuela: "the bands of friendship will not be affected by these excesses, the indiscretion of words and bar language of president Chávez, who will eventually go away from power, when there are elections".

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