Humala Solidifies Victory in Peru Elections

Lima,  (Prensa Latina) Ollanta Humala consolidates its position as the practical winner in Peru’s elections, with new official figures, general recognition and congratulations from Latin American countries.

A new report from the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) says that the leader of the progressive block Gana Peru has 51.34 percent of the vote after 89.16 percent of the ballots has been counted, compared to 48.76 percent of conservative Keiko Fujimori.

The margin of over 374,000 votes is impossible to overcome in the rest of the count, said the director of the Institute of Public Opinion at the Catholic University and former head of ONPE, Fernando Tuesta.

The records still to be counted correspond to remote rural areas, where Gana Peru enjoys a broader electoral base, according to sources from that organization.

Meanwhile, Humala’s press office confirmed that the soon to be president-elect has received congratulations from the presidents of Bolivia, Evo Morales; Chile, Sebastián Piñera, and Mexico, Felipe Calderón.

Humala proclaimed his victory in a mass rally and reaffirmed his commitment to his program of reforms for a growth with equity and dismissed macroeconomic traumatic measures, in time to announce a government of national unity and harmony.

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