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Socialist Pedro Castillo confirmed as Peru's president after weeks-long vote count

Socialist Pedro Castillo has been named Peru's next president, having narrowly defeated right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori in a tense runoff election, marred by allegations of fraud, protests, and an extremely long vote count.

The official result of the June 6 election was declared by Peru's electoral authority late on Monday. The left-wing candidate defeated Fujimori by just 44,000 votes, according to official figures.

“I proclaim Pedro Castillo as president of the republic and Dina Boluarte as first vice president,” elections chief Jorge Salas said during a televised ceremony.

The 51-year-old socialist politician has become the first president of the country with no ties to elites, having come from a peasant family. Castillo was a rural teacher and union organizer for years before getting into big league politics.

It has taken over a month to count the votes, even though Castillo was quick to proclaim his victory shortly after the run-off. The results were challenged by Fujimori, who claimed that thousands of votes had been somehow “stolen” from her.

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