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Humala Retains Lead in Peru Polling

Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala would win the second round of voting against opponent Keiko Fujimori if the election were held today. According to a poll conducted by CPI on Thursday, Humala received 52.5 percent of the vote while Fujimori earned 47.5 percent.

Polling also shows that Fujimori has wider support in the Peruvian capital while Humala captures most votes in the interior of Peru.

Humala's agenda—constitutional reform, renegotiating energy and mining—is similar to that of 2006 when he lost in the second round to President Alan Garcia. However, his increased appeal is a result of a new strategy that sees the colonel embracing the model of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva rather than that of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Meanwhile, Fujimori is also running on a platform of greater social inclusion but without major changes to the status quo.

The winner of the June 5 contest will take office for a five-year term beginning on July 28.

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Tags: Keiko Fujimori, Ollanta Humala, Peru presidential election

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