Peru Presidential Frontrunner Fujimori Can Stay in Electoral Race: Court

The center-right candidate and frontrunner to win Peru's presidential election next month, Keiko Fujimori, has been given the go-ahead to stay in the race, after a legal attempt to block her for breaking rules was rejected by an electoral court. (Reuters Photo/Janine Costa)

By : Marco Aquino | on 8:00 AM March 25, 2016
Category : International, World

Lima. The center-right candidate and frontrunner to win Peru's presidential election next month, Keiko Fujimori, has been given the go-ahead to stay in the race, after a legal attempt to block her for breaking rules was rejected by an electoral court.

The election in the metals exporter is due to take place on April 10, with a run-off in June if there is no outright winner, but has been thrown into disarray after two candidates were barred by the national electoral board for rule infringement.

Authorities have also been probing whether frontrunner Keiko Fujimori had broken a new law against vote-buying.

The allegation against Fujimori, the daughter of disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori, related to an event she attended where cash prizes were distributed to the winners of a breakdancing competition.

However, an electoral court in Lima announced on Thursday (24/03) that Fujimori, who has described the accusations as "absurd", did not break any rules. That decision can still be taken on appeal to the national board.

The national board sparked outrage in March when it banned two candidates from the race, including second-placed Julio Guzman, who was rising fast in the polls. Fujimori opponents say the decision was politically motivated, and the decision has led to large street protests.

Latest polls suggest around 34 percent of voters support Fujimori, enough for her to win the first round but not enough to prevent a run-off.

Reuters

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