At the polls

Keiko Fujimori, daughter of controversial former President, in lead after first round of Peru elections

Peru´s presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, waves at supporters. (LUKA GONZALES/AFP/Getty Images)

The first round of elections in Peru this week showed center-right candidate Keiko Fujimori with a wide lead over her political opponents, according to the BBC. With two-thirds of the votes counted Fujimori had 39 percent, as compared to former World Bank economist Pedro Kuczynski with 24 percent. Because no candidate received 50 percent or more of the vote, the pair will square off again in June.

Fujimori, 40, is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, who is currently serving 25 years behind bars for ordering death squads against civilians and calling for the kidnapping of two opponents. The presidency of the 77-year-old was wrought with corruption and human rights abuses and investigators say $600 million in taxpayer money went missing during his time as president, according to Global Post. His daughter is running on an anti-crime platform.

Read the full story at the BBC.

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