Leading Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori is facing growing opposition, a sign that her plan to distance her party from her father’s government more than 16 years ago hasn’t worked out as planned.
On Tuesday, thousands of people marched in downtown Lima against Fujimori, carrying signs recalling corruption and human rights violations committed during her father’s administration from 1990 to 2000.
The protests began in central Lima’s Plaza San Martin and then moved towards the office of the National Jury of Elections, or JNE. The demonstrators want Fujimori to be barred from participating in the campaign following videos showing that her party gave out money to prospective voters.
Fujimori’s political allies said that the candidate, who was seen in the video, didn’t actually hand over the envelopes of cash to the supporters during the campaign, meaning that she shouldn’t be barred.
Fujimori’s vice president running-mate, José Chlimper, said that the money was handed out by a group called Factor K, which supports the candidate but isn’t directly related to her or her party.
“Keiko Fujimori didn’t touch any of the envelopes of money,” he said. “The virgin protected her.”
The calls for electoral officials to bar Fujimori aren’t likely to succeed, however they follow the removal of candidates Julio Guzman and Cesar Acuña from the race.
Guzman was seen as the best positioned candidate to defeat Fujimori in a second round run-off, however a poll this week showed that Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had a slight edge over her going into a second round.