Former PT presidents Lula and Dilma Rousseff joined five other former presidents of Latin American countries and Spain in a letter expressing concern for democracy in Peru and asking for recognition by the national election jury of the victory of the country. leftist Pedro Castillo.
Signatories include former presidents Ernesto Samper Pizano, of Colombia, Fernando Lugo, of Paraguay, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, of Spain, Martín Torrijos, of Panama, and Rafael Correa of Ecuador.
“The legitimate right of Pedro Castillo’s political opponents to demand clarifications and revisions of electoral documents and processes cannot become a delaying strategy to prevent the validation of results,” they say.
“Any unjustified delay in the formalization of the decision taken by the Peruvian people, which led to the election of Pedro Castillo, creates uncertainties and creates undesirable areas of disorganization for the course of the economy, the stability of the democracy, and may illegitimately delay the term of President-elect Castillo, “follows the document, which is signed on behalf of the Puebla group, which brings together the leaders of left-wing parties.
Peru is at an impasse pending confirmation of the results of its electoral process, celebrated earlier this month.
Presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori is looking in court to overturn the small difference she was defeated in the dispute with Pedro Castillo – even though the winner has not been officially announced.
With 100% of the ballot boxes counted, the result points to 50.12% for the leftist and 49.87% for the daughter of the former dictator Alberto Fujimori. The official announcement still depends on the national electoral jury, responsible for analyzing the contestation of the voting records, since Keiko asked for the revision of 300,000 votes and the annulment of 200,000 others.
In a June 9 press release, the conservative candidate pointed to allegations of irregularities committed by supporters of Castillo, which, for her, would constitute “systematic fraud”.
Castillo, on the other hand, declared himself the winner on June 8, although electoral bodies made no official statement confirming the result. If the leftist wins, he will be the first Peruvian president unrelated to political, economic and cultural elites.
Read the letter written by past presidents below:
We, signatories of this declaration of the Puebla Group, concerned about the political situation in Peru and moved by the need to defend democratic institutions, declare:
1. There are strong indications that Professor Pedro Castillo won the majority of votes in the last elections on 6 June, conducted in accordance with guarantees and standards of transparency and electoral disputes.
2. Once all the voting records have been verified, we respectfully address the National Jury of Elections (JNE) of Peru to proceed accordingly and formally declare the victory of Pedro Castillo.
3. The legitimate right of the political opponents of Pedro Castillo to demand clarifications and revisions of electoral documents and processes cannot become a delaying strategy to prevent the validation of results which, according to the accounts, are indisputable.
4. As the President of the Republic, the Armed Forces and other institutional actors know, any unjustified delay in the formalization of the decision taken by the Peruvian people, which resulted in the election of Pedro Castillo, creates uncertainties and creates undesirable spaces for disorganization. for the course of the economy, the stability of democracy, which could illegitimately delay the mandate of President-elect Castillo, affecting the implementation of social projects announced during his campaign.
Dilma Rousseff, former president of Brazil
Ernesto Samper Pizano, former president of Colombia
Fernando Lugo, former president of Paraguay
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, former Spanish president
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil
Martín Torrijos, former president of Panama
Rafael Correa, former President of Ecuador
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