Peru's Elections: A Report From the Field | Wilson Center

Peru's Elections: A Report From the Field

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New estimates by the IMF indicate that this year, Peru will have the fastest economic expansion of any country in Latin America.  Its growth rates over the past several years have been among the region’s highest.

But the distribution of wealth remains highly unequal.  Peru ranks 13 out of 17 countries in the region according to the World Bank’s Human Opportunity Index, the lowest score in all of South America.

While poverty has declined in urban areas, particularly in and around the capital, it remains at 60-70 percent of the population in the rural highlands…These areas constituted the epicenter of Peru’s internal armed conflict in the 1980s and early 1990s

Public opinion polls by Latinobarometro and the Americas Barometer consistently rank Peru as the lowest or among the lowest in the hemisphere in terms of support for democracy and satisfaction with democratic performance.

So how is all this reflected in the results of the first round of elections, which have sent Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori into the second round, eclipsing candidates of the political center?