Humala again is first in Perú initial voting round

Exit polls show left-wing nationalist Ollanta Humala has won the first round of Peru’s presidential election Sunday.

The polls indicate a close race for second place between Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori, and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, former World Bank economist and investment banker.

Official figures released late Sunday with 43 percent of the votes counted said Humala had 27 percent of the votes, Kuczynski 23.6 percent, and Ms. Fujimori 21.8 percent.

Trailing in fourth place with 15.4 percent was former President Alejandro Toledo.

With no candidate expected to capture a simple majority, the top two vote-getters will vie for the presidency in a June 5 runoff.

Humala prevailed in the first round of the 2006 presidential election only to lose a runoff.

Humala was winning with 31.6 percent in one exit poll, followed by Fujimori with 21.4 percent; Kuczynski with 19.2 percent; and Toledo with 16.1 percent.

Peru has seen a decade of rapid economic growth, but a third of its population still live in poverty. Much of the campaign has focused on continuing this growth while ensuring the poor also see some of the increased prosperity.

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