Peru leftist Castillo inches nearer win in sharply divided election

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By Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo was holding on to a razor-thin lead in the deeply divided country’s presidential election on Wednesday with almost all votes processed, though with a gap of just 70,000, contested ballots could still be decisive. Castillo, the son of illiterate farmers who has rattled the Andean nation’s political elite and garnered huge support from the rural poor, had 50.2% with 99.8% of votes processed, just 0.4% percentage point ahead of right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori. The tally is, however, preliminary because about …

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