A year before Peru’s next presidential election, the head of the country’s biggest opposition group, Keiko Fujimori, has a double-digit lead over her next potential rival, according to a new poll.
Pollster Datum reported this week that Fujimori, the daughter of jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori, would get 33% support if the election were held now, daily Peru.21 reported.
The next closest potential candidate is Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the former prime minister and finance minister, who has 15% support.
Other potential candidates included in the poll were two-time former president Alan Garcia, with a miserable 9% support —the result of constant corruption scandals, former minister of interior Daniel Urresti, with 7% backing, and former president Alejandro Toledo, with 5% support.
While the 39-year-old Fujimori has a strong lead, her polarizing party could face challenges in a second-round run off vote if she fails to get more than 50% of the vote in the first round.
Fujimori lost to President Ollanta Humala in the 2011 presidential election, due to distrust in her government platform. Despite unease with Humala, many people voted for him over Fujimori over concerns that her government would result in a return to the iron fisted and corrupt rule of her father in the 1990s. Keiko Fujimori has denied she would rule like her father, but one of her main promises in previous presidential campaigns was to release him if she were elected. She also continues to be surrounded by many of the key players from his administration.