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Rival protests in Peru as tensions rise over presidential vote | Al Jazeera

Rival protests in Peru

Supporters of socialist Pedro Castillo and conservative Keiko Fujimori took to the streets by the thousands in Peru on Saturday, as tensions rose over the result of a June 6 presidential election.

Castillo, who received 50.125 percent of the vote with a difference of 44,058 ballots, has declared himself the winner.

Fujimori got 49.875 percent of the votes and has made claims of large-scale election fraud.

In Peru’s capital, Lima, supporters of Castillo gathered at the “2 de Mayo” square, calling for the left-wing candidate to be formally announced as president-elect.

Fujimori’s supporters also held a rival demonstration in a different part of the city demanding the annulment of the run-off election.

The National Jury of Elections says it is still reviewing votes and is yet to declare a winner.

“We are not going to allow them to ignore the popular will, to ignore the electoral result. We are going to defend democracy,” said Veronika Mendoza, a former leftist presidential candidate who attended the rally for Castillo....


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