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Victory in sight for Peru´s Castillo with 70,000 vote margin as fraud claims muddy water

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By Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo maintained a slim lead over rival Keiko Fujimori on Thursday morning with 99.998% of the votes counted and as electoral authorities met to scrutinise contested votes. Castillo, an elementary school teacher and political novice who won widespread grassroots backing for pledges to rewrite the constitution of the world’s No. 2 copper producer and redistribute wealth, had 50.2% of the vote, maintaining a 0.4 percentage point lead over right-wing Keiko Fujimori, or 71,441 votes. Some 300,000 contested votes are…

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