Analysts predict a tight June 5 runoff after this weekend's presidential vote. Left-wing candidate Ollanta Humala is expected to face Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori.
Eleven percent of the electorate was still undecided ahead of today's Peru election, a fact that could swing the vote away from leading candidate Ollanta Humala.
Presidential candidate Ollanta Humala speaks to supporters for the first time since exit polls and a partial vote count gave him a victory in the first round of elections in Lima, Peru, on April 10. The left-wing nationalist won the first round, but not by a margin wide enough to avoid a runoff, which he will dispute with either Keiko Fujimori or Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori, current President Alan García, and Nobel Prize in Literature recipient Mario Vargas Llosa are replicating, in some ways, their own electoral circus from 20 years ago.
Peru lawmaker Keiko Fujimori strongly suggested Wednesday that if she is elected president in 2011, she would pardon her jailed father, former president Alberto Fujimori.
Clashes with government forces left more than 30 dead last week, sparking concerns about a full-scale revolt. Protesters are fighting laws that would open their rainforest home to energy and agribusiness development.
Venezuela withdrew its ambassador this week after Peru offered asylum to Chávez's political rival who faces corruption charges.
Manuel Rosales, who ran against Chávez in 2006, is seeking asylum in Peru.
A new constitution approved handily Sunday also risks dividing the nation.
President Alan García presides over one of the region's fastest growth rates, but his approval rating sank to 26 percent this week because the poor say their lives aren't any better.