He's a former army officer who was linked to a 2000 military uprising and accused of being an extreme leftist. She's the daughter of a former president who's serving a 25-year sentence for human rights violations. About the only thing they have in common is that they both want to be the next president of Peru.
Pollsters in Peru said Sunday that left-leaning Ollanta Humala looks poised to win the presidency, defeating rival Keiko Fujimori in a polarizing runoff election that pits the county's left and right against each other.
Peruvian exit polls appeared all but confirmed Monday, as official preliminary counts showed that with nearly 90% of presidential ballots counted, the country was headed for a runoff between nationalist Ollanta Humala and former congresswoman Keiko Fujimori.
Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa is injecting his cachet as a newly minted Nobel Prize winner into the political sphere, in a strong criticism of the political aspirations of the daughter of a disgraced former president.
Disgraced former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori pleaded guilty to charges of illegal wiretapping and embezzling government money to bribe politicians and journalists to support his 2000 re-election campaign, the official Andina news agency reported.
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori admitted he gave his one-time spy chief $15 million from government coffers, but the money was returned and no crime was committed, his attorneys said at the opening of an embezzlement trial Monday in Peru.
A three-judge panel of the Peruvian Supreme Court found former President Alberto Fujimori guilty Tuesday on charges involving human rights violations, including murder and kidnapping, and sentenced him to 25 years in prison.
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori landed in Lima, Peru, on Saturday, one day after the Chilean Supreme Court approved his extradition to face five corruption and two human rights abuse charges.