Kuczynski wins runoff of Peru’s general election

Business-friendly candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, or PPK, won the June 5 runoff of the general election of Peru with 50.121 percent of the votes, the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) declared on June 9 in Lima.

(Soundbite) Mariano Cucho, Head of ONPE
“The Peruvian political organization headed by Kambio (PPK) won the first place with 50.121 percent of the valid votes that represent 8,580,474 ballots.”

His contender Keiko Fujimori had 49.88 percent of the votes, namely 8,539,036 ballots.

(Soundbite) Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Runoff Winner
“We take this virtual result very modestly, because Peru has great challenges ahead and we want a united and reconciled nation and we are ready for dialogue. (But) please do not confuse dialogue with weakness.”

ONPE has not yet formally declared PPK as the next president of the country, who is scheduled to be sworn in on July 28.

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