Fujimori leading in Peru's presidential runoff

In Peru's presidential runoff, conservative candidate Keiko Fujimori is leading over leftist Pedro Castillo as the vote-counting continues.

The election authorities say that with 56 percent of the votes counted, Fujimori had garnered 52.46 percent against Castillo's 47.53 percent.

Polling stations closed at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Major campaign issues included how to rebuild Peru's economy and medical system. Both have been significantly battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The virus has caused over 500 fatalities per 100,000 people -- the highest death rate in the world.

Fujimori is the eldest daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori. She has mainly won support among businesspeople and the wealthy. She says she will protect a free economy and democracy.

Castillo is an elementary school teacher who also works for a teachers' union. Castillo has garnered support among poor people and rural residents. He is stressing the need to nationalize the energy sector and draft a new constitution.

In the first round of the election in April, no candidates won a majority of votes. This forced the runoff between top finisher Castillo and the runner-up Fujimori.

Pre-election polls showed Fujimori ahead of Castillo, but only by a slim margin ranging from 0.1 to 0.7 percentage points.