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article imageOllanta Humala wins presidential election in Perú

By Igor I. Solar     Jun 6, 2011 in World
Lima - The Peruvian National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) reported that the presidential candidate Ollanta Humala has obtained 51.2 percent of the valid votes, while Keiko Fujimori has 48.8 percent.
With about 90 percent of the votes counted, the ONPE is expected to officially announce that Ollanta Humala has won a majority of the vote in the run-off presidential election that took place Sunday 5 in Perú. Mr. Humala’s advantage in the polls at this time is about 345 000 votes. It is anticipated that the results from rural sections of the country, expected to arrive in Lima during the next few days, will consolidate the victory of the nationalist candidate.
"Tonight I renew my commitment to the Peruvian people for economic growth with social inclusion," he declared in his victory speech. "We will continue doing what is good, correct what is wrong and implement real policies for economic growth, to solve the problem of pensioners and to improve health, education, infrastructure and security for Peruvians."
Close to midnight on Sunday, after getting the early results given by the ONPE, conservative candidate Keiko Fujimori appeared before reporters at the Bolivar Hotel in downtown Lima. She thanked the preference of nearly half the electorate but did not comment on the figures of the first counts. "I will make my announcement after we know the official results, as it should be" she told reporters.
Ollanta Humala
Ollanta Humala  former miitary commander  Peruvian Presidential candidate of Gana Perú coalition.
Ollanta Humala, former miitary commander, Peruvian Presidential candidate of Gana Perú coalition.
Mr Humala was born in 1962. He is the son of lawyers Isaac Humala and Elena Tasso. Ollanta is a name of Inca origin meaning "the warrior who looks at everything." He began his military career in 1982. As a soldier, he fought the Peruvian guerrilla movement known as Sendero Luminoso (Shinning Path). In 2000, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
After serving as military attaché in Paris and Seoul he returned to Lima in 2005, retired from the Army and called to reject the government of President Alejandro Toledo, who is now his ally. At this time he started forging ties with Evo Morales of Bolivia and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. He continued his studies and earned a Master's degree in political science.
In 2005 he became the leader of the Peruvian Nationalist Party and in 2006 was presidential candidate. After winning the first round, he lost against Alan García by five points in the run-off election.
Mr. Humala is considered an introverted, quiet and persistent individual. Although he has the ability to delegate, his critics say he lacks charisma. His closest confident and advisor is his wife Nadine Heredia. He claims to be "neither from the left nor the right", but "from below." He strongly advocates Peruvian nationalism and argues that economic growth must be accompanied by social programs to benefit the poorest.
He likes jogging and to spend time with his children, daughters Naira and Illari and son Samin.
The final results are expected to confirm Mr. Humala’s election within the next few days in anticipation of presidential inauguration day scheduled for July 28.
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