Pedro Pablo Kuczynski wins Peru's Presidential Election

Jun 11, 2016 08:02 IST

Pedro Pablo KuczynskiPeruvian economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski defeated his rival Keiko Fujimori with a thin margin to become Peru’s next President.

The National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) on 9 June 2016 announced that the Peruvian political organization Peruanos Por el Kambio received the most votes representing 50.12% of valid votes.

The difference in the total votes was of 41438 with 8580474 votes for Kuczynski and 8539036 for Fujimori.

Who is Pedro Pablo Kuczynski?

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard, popularly known as PPK, is a Peruvian economist, politician and public administrator.

He served as Prime Minister of Peru from 2005 to 2006.

He worked in the United States before entering Peruvian politics. He held positions at both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund before being designated as general manager of Peru's Central Reserve Bank.

He later served as Minister of Energy and Mines in the early 1980s under President Fernando Belaúnde Terry.

He serves as Minister of Economy and Finance and Prime Minister under President Alejandro Toledo in the 2000s.

He was also a presidential candidate in the 2011 presidential election.

He went on to stand in the 2016 election, where he defeated Keiko Fujimori in the second round.

About 2016 Peruvian general election

General elections took place in Peru on 10 April 2016.

Incumbent President Ollanta Humala was ineligible to run due to constitutional term limits.

In the race for the presidency, candidates Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski passed the electoral threshold for a second round, which took place on 5 June 2016.

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