BUENAVISTA TOMATLÁN, Mexico – The Mexican Army patrolled the streets of the western state of Michoacán on May 22 to improve security in a region tormented by violent drug cartels. About 4,000 army soldiers and marines and 1,000 Federal Police Officers have been deployed to the state, but they’ll leave once security has improved and the state government can hold its own. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP)
Peru: Former army officer rises in presidential polls
LIMA, Peru – Ollanta Humala, a left-leaning former army officer, has emerged as frontrunner in a tight, five-candidate presidential race, according to the latest poll.
The poll, conducted from March 21 to 24, indicated Humala would receive 21.2% of the vote, a marked increase from the 15.7% he received just a week earlier, polling company CPI reported.
Humala lost to current President Alan García in the 2006 presidential election.
However, given the poll’s 2.2% margin of error, Humala is in a virtual dead heat with Keiko Fujimori – a congresswoman and daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori – who placed second with 19.9%. Former President Alejandro Toledo is third with 18.6%.
Former Economy and Prime Minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is fourth with 16.1%, followed by former Lima Mayor Luis Castañeda (15.5%).
The first round of the election is scheduled for April 10. If no candidate receives more than half the vote, the top two candidates will advance to a run-off election on June 5.
[The Associated Press (Peru) 27/03/2011; Terra (Peru) 27/03/2011; Radio Programs del Peru (Peru) 28/03/2011]
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