“The results of yesterday constitutes, more so than the victory of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the victory of the ‘No to Keiko’, which explains how the worst candidate ended up as President”
In Peru’s recent elections, what happened to make the worst candidate end up with the presidency? What landed Pedro Pablo Kuczynski the office wasn’t his campaign, but instead a resounding “No” to his opponent, Keiko Fujimori. Kuczynski, also known as PPK, had the advantage of being the least bad option, an advantage that tends to play out in most Peruvian elections. PPK managed to beat out César Acuña, Julio Gúzman, and Verónika Mendoza, some say purely by luck. Then what were the factors that allowed PPK to come out victorious in the last push against Fujimori? First of all was an admirable performance in the second debate. What’s more, the formal support of the left as a rejection to “fujimorismo,” the “No to Keiko” march, and the radicalization of PPK’s anti-Fujimori rhetoric. Finally, the “Waterloo” of Keiko Fujimori which was money-laundering accusations against Fuerza Popular’s Secretary General Joaquín Ramírez. This led many to think that the fujimorismo of Keiko may not be all that different from that of her father, Alberto. PPK now has the lingering challenge of moving forward a government that, for the first time in a long time, will face significant opposition with the Fuerza Popular still holding the majority in Congress. Fujimori now also faces the personal challenge of continuing on after twelve years of campaigning and ultimately facing defeat.