Pedro Castillo defeats Keiko Fujimori in Peru presidential election

The results were released more than a month after the run-off poll took place in the South American nation.

A woman in a wide-brimmed hat joins a march in support of presidential candidate Pedro Castillo
A woman in a wide-brimmed hat joins a march in support of presidential candidate Pedro Castillo

Rural teacher-turned-political novice Pedro Castillo became the winner of Peru’s presidential election after the country’s longest electoral count in 40 years.

He defeated right-wing politiician Keiko Fujimori by just 44,000 votes.

Electoral authorities on Monday released the final official results more than a month after the run-off election took place in the South American nation.

Pedro Castillo waves to supporters after election authorities declared him president-elect
Pedro Castillo celebrated after winning Peru’s longest electoral count in 40 years (Guadalupe Prado/AP)

Mr Castillo’s supporters included Peru’s poor and rural citizens, with the new leader known for popularising the phrase ‘No more poor in a rich country’.

Peru is the world’s second-largest copper producer but its economy has been crushed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The poverty level has increased to almost one-third of the population, eliminating the gains of a decade.

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