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Leftist Ollanta Humala narrowly wins Peru election

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Presidential candidate of the Gana Peru Party, retired Army commander Ollanta Humala, speaks to supporters after the first poll count in Lima on June 5. Peruvians voted Sunday in an extremely close presidential run-off between Ollanta Humala, a nationalist ex-lieutenant colonel and Keiko Fujimori, daughter of a jailed ex-strongman. According to exit polls, Humala would have an approximate 5% lead over his competitor.

The AP reports from LIMA, Peru:

A leftist former army officer with questioned human rights credentials narrowly won Peru's presidency on a second try in a bitterly fought runoff with the daughter of disgraced ex-President Alberto Fujimori.

Ollanta Humala, 48, won Sunday after softening his radical image and disavowing the affinity for Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez that fueled his defeat five years earlier.

He promises Peru's poor a greater share of the Andean nation's considerable mineral wealth and pledged in victory to honor the free market but put Peruvians first. Continue reading.