Toledo announces two former ministers as running mates for 2011

Presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo has announced that two ministers from his first administration will be his running mates for the April 2011 elections, Radioprogramas reported.

Toledo’s first vice president is Congressman Carlos Bruce, who was the former minister of housing in Toledo’s first administration (2001-2006). His second vice president candidate is Javier Reategui, the former minister of fishing, transportation and communications, production and interior. Reategui was also the secretary general of Toledo’s Peru Posible party from 2005-2007.

Presidential candidates had until Monday to announce their running mates.

Lima’s former mayor, Luis Castañeda, selected Peru’s Ambassador to Italy, Augusto Ferrero, as his first vice president and businesswoman Rosa Nuñez as his second vice president.

Meanwhile, the candidate for Peru’s Nationalist Party, Ollanta Humala, announced that lawmaker Marisola Espinoza would be his first vice president, daily La Republica reported. The second vice president candidate is lawyer Omar Chehade, who was the head of Peru’s extradition unit when the country successfully brought former President Alberto Fujimori to Peru to face human rights charges.

President Alan Garcia’s ruling Aprista party selected former cabinet chief Javier Velasquez as the first vice president running mate for Mercedes Araoz. Garcia’s former minister of housing and women and social development, Nidia Vilchez, will be the second vice president on the APRA ticket.

Peru’s presidential elections are scheduled for April 10. According to a recent poll by Ipsos Apoyo, Toledo and Castañeda are tied for a lead with 23 percent support each, followed by the Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of Alberto Fujimori, with 20 percent.

Humala has 11 percent support, while Araoz is tied with Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, an economist and former minister during the Toledo administration, with 5 percent each.

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