Peru’s socialist party chief cites ‘victory’ as vote count nears end

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By Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) – The leader of the socialist party that appears poised to win Peru’s presidential election claimed “victory” on Friday with its candidate Pedro Castillo holding a razor-thin over right-wing Keiko Fujimori. With more than 99.5% of votes tallied and only a handful of contested ballots to be added, Castillo had 50.2% of the vote, around 60,000 votes ahead of Fujimori who has pushed allegations of fraud, though with little proof. The country’s electoral authority has yet to confirm the win, but most observers and some regional leftist leaders i…

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