Peru faces presidential run-off
A nationalist ex-army officer has a narrow lead in the first round of Peru’s presidential election but the race looks set for a run-off vote.
With 59% of the votes counted, Ollanta Humala leads with 28% of the vote, with conservative Lourdes Flores in second place with 26%.
Former President Alan Garcia is close behind with 25% of the vote so far.
A second round on 7 May looks certain as Mr Humala is well below the 50% of the vote needed for outright victory. (BBC)
Runoff election inevitable in Peru
Leftist candidate Ollanta Humala, who was taunted by residents of his district when he voted Sunday, was barely ahead in Peru’s presidential election, and a runoff election became inevitable when none of the top candidates received a majority of the vote.
A candidate needed at least 50 percent to claim victory. The runoff election is to be held within a month after final results are tallied.
With 45 percent of the ballots counted, Humala, a 43-year-old former army officer, had 27.32 percent of the vote in a field of 20 candidates late Sunday, according to the national elections office.
Conservative Lourdes Flores, 46, had 26.45 percent of the vote, and Alan Garcia, 55, a socialist who led Peru from 1985 to 1990, had 26.05 percent.
Humala had a larger lead in unofficial voting results released by the election watchdog group Transparencia. (CNN)