(ANSA) - LIMA, APRIL 12 - With over 70% of the votes scrutinized, the communist teacher Pedro Castillo confirms himself as the first choice in the presidential elections held yesterday in Peru, while the battle continues vote by vote between three right-wing candidates to win a place to the ballot on June 6.
Castillo is considered the surprise of the presidential elections, from which the extreme political fragmentation of the country emerges.
Fifty-one-year-old elementary school teacher from the Cajamarca region has gained notoriety since 2017, when he led a major national teacher strike that interrupted classes for three months.
With an initially subdued campaign, the candidate has seen his popularity grow in recent weeks, spurred on by sectors on the Peruvian left who refused to accept moderate progressive candidate Verónika Mendoza, from the Juntos por el Peru bloc.
Among its proposals, Castillo's party speaks of the unanationalization of energy companies and of increasing state spending on education in the country.
During the election campaign, Castillo announced that in case of victory he will ask for the establishment of a Constituent Assembly to change the 1993 Constitution, drafted after the "self-injury" of former president Alberto Fujimori.
It also promises the formation of a new Constitutional Court elected by the people instead of by the Congress.
Castillo has repeatedly spoken out against gender studies in schools, as well as on social rights such as equal marriage between people of the same sex.
On the issue of abortion, he declared that, although he is against it, it will be a topic addressed by the Constituent Assembly.
His proposals convinced rural Peru, from which he received the majority of the votes.
During his campaign, Castillo made an effort to highlight his humble and Andean origins, symbolized by the straw hat he always wears, typical of the peasants of the province of Chota where he was born, and by the horse on which he went to the polling station to vote on Sunday. .