Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Ollanta Humala in First Place: Latest Polls and Vargas Llosa's Opinion

In the latest electoral polls in Peru, presidential candidate for Union por el Peru (UPP), Ollanta Humala, appears as the frontrunner with 31.6% of the intention of vote. In second place, Lourdes Flores, candidate for Unidad Nacional (UN) is capturing 29.1% of the intention of vote. On the other hand, it was Flores who would receive most support in the second round. She would get 41.5% of the votes as opposed to 36.6% for Humala. The poll was conducted by CPI and took place between the 15th and the 19th of March. 2127 persons from 280 electoral districts in 20 departments were consulted and the poll is expected to have a 1.86% of error. Read more here.

In a related piece of news, Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa expressed his concern of Humala receiving so much support for the elections. "What is going on in our country for such a cultural, moral and political blindness to take over?", he asked. He also recognized that Peru's democracy is mediocre at best, but that it nevertheless constitutes the only chance for a better future, as opposed to demagoguery, resentment and anger.
He said
We will regret it (if Humala becomes president), as we Peruvians have done throughout our history whenever we opened our arms to dictators. (...) How is it possible that after 10 years of shame with Alberto Fujimori, where there was robbery and sacking, we want to go back to dictatorship, authoritanism, contrained press, a manipulated judiciary and the sistematic removal of human rights?.
He finished by urging Peruvians not to be amnesiac.

Is it just me, or one could have said the exact same thing of Evo, before the Bolivian elections?

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Anonymous Magbana said...

Vargas Llosa lost his humanity a long time ago and started shooting off his mouth without thinking.when it came to Cuba.

It appears that Humala is ahead in spite of the evil National Endowment for Democracy. check out Jeremy Bigwood's article at:

“US Meddling in Peruvian Presidential Race?”

2:28 AM  
Blogger Alvaro Ruiz-Navajas said...

hi magbana,
let me understand. You think MVL lost his humanity when he became critical of Castro's regime?

And also, do you think that Chavez meddling in the race is any better?

I just want to understand your points better.

12:48 PM  

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