Presidential Election : Peru’s Castillo nears victory in tight.
Keiko Fujimori, facing her own renewed legal woes on Thursday, has not conceded, and is seeking to annul some 500,000 votes which she says are suspicious.
Castillo had some 50.2% of the vote and a 0.4 percentage point lead with 99.3% of ballots tallied, with only a small number of contested ballots still being scrutinized.
The school teacher and political novice has won widespread grassroots backing for pledges to rewrite the constitution and redistribute mining wealth, though has looked to calm investor jitters in recent days with a more market-friendly tone.
Castillo’s Peru Libre party says there is no evidence of suspicious activity. Independent electoral observers say the vote was carried out cleanly.
The ethics tribunal of the National Jury of Elections (JNE), the body charged with overseeing the legality of the electoral process, said on Thursday that throwing doubt on the results without evidence was “irresponsible.”
Washington said that electoral authorities should be allowed to look into any fraud allegations.
“We look forward to working with the duly elected candidate,” a U.S. State Department spokesperson said.
Argentina’s President Alfredo Fernandez was the first world leader to congratulate Castillo, saying on Twitter he had contacted the “President-elect” and expressed wishes to join forces for the benefit of Latin America.