Schoolteacher declared Peru’s new president

Schoolteacher declared Peru’s new president

Pedro Castillo, a schoolteacher, has been declared Peru's president-elect six weeks after election results were delayed by claims of electoral fraud from his right-wing rival, Keiko Fujimori.

Jorge Luis Salas, head of the JNE elections jury, announced Castillo's victory in a brief virtual ceremony on Monday night, July 19.

51-year-old Castillo is the head of the Teacher's trade unionist, he has become the first non-rich president of Peru.

"On behalf of my family I would like to salute the electoral authorities… and also to salute the political parties that have taken part in this democratic celebration," Castillo told supporters gathered at the headquarters of his Peru Libre (Free Peru) party in Lima.

"Dear compatriots, I bring here an open heart for each and every one of you," he declared.

The JNE validated the vote count by the ONPE elections body, which had given Castillo 50.12 per cent of the ballots cast, some 44,000 more than Fujimori — most of whose objections the jury dismissed.

Fujimori had earlier claimed fraud despite observers from the Organization of American States, the United States and European Union declaring the vote free and fair, and her backers had called for fresh elections.

Castillo has targeted creating a million jobs in a year, and said Peru's mining and hydrocarbon riches "must be nationalized."

Among his more controversial campaign promises, Castillo has vowed to expel illegal foreigners who commit crimes in Peru, giving them "72 hours… to leave the country."

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