LIMA, Peru—After 15 months contending with a brutal Covid-19 pandemic and sharply rising poverty, Peruvians on Sunday will choose between presidential candidates on opposite ends of the political spectrum who have sharply different visions for Peru’s future.
Candidate Pedro Castillo, a teachers union activist from a Marxist-inspired party, wants to scrap the country’s market economy that until several years ago had been one of Latin’s America’s biggest success stories.
The other candidate, Keiko Fujimori, is an ex-congresswoman and head of a right-wing party based on the ideals of her father, former autocratic President Alberto Fujimori, who overhauled the economy three decades ago.
César Hildebrandt, a political analyst and columnist in Lima, worries about the survival of Peru’s democracy no matter who wins.
Back then, anger at the political class led to the rise of a populist outsider, Mr. Fujimori.
Pedro Castillo, Keiko Fujimori, Alberto Fujimori, César Hildebrandt, “, Fujimori
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