Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Peru Election: It's Official ! permanent link   0 comments
FINALLY! Well... not exactly. There are still ballots to be counted but Peru's National Election Board, JNE, officially announced the second winner today. What everyone knew for over a week has become reality: Alan Garcia, Social Democrat, and not particularly successful in his previous tenure as president, will advance to a run-off with nationalist Ollanta Humala o June 4th, 2006.

"The remaining ballots will not produce any variation in the final results," said Enrique Mendoza, head of Peru's electoral board. In addition he informed that this resolution will be published at some future date, Thursday, in official Peruvian newspapers. Mendoza reiterated that this decision is for giving tranquillity to the population and so that both candidates and their supporting politic groupings can begin with their campaign for the second round.

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Tensions between Lima and Caracas reached a climax following Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo's announcement that he would denounce his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez at the Organization of American States for meddling in Peruvian elections.
Last April 28th, Peru suggested it would resort to OAS, but they would not indicate whether they would actually denounce Chávez for his alleged violation of the Inter American Democratic Charter.
This case may be addressed on Wednesday at the OAS headquarters in Washington, when Peruvian ambassador the hemispheric organization Fernando de la Flor formally files a complaint with the OAS Permanent Council, AFP reported.

On Monday, Toledo further escalated tensions with Chávez, as the Peruvian ruler threatened to expel the Venezuelan ambassador from Lima. Last April 30th, Peru recalled its envoy in Caracas, Carlos Urrutia.
Toledo explained he made the decision to take this issue to OAS for this organization to urge Chávez to cease his comments on the Peruvian electoral process.



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