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Peru expects official proclamation of Castillo next week

Lima, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) A legal representative of Peru's virtual president-elect, Pedro Castillo, said on Saturday he expects the proclamation of the new president next week, while the defeated Keiko Fujimori insists on questioning the result.

Lawyer Julio Arbizu, member of Castillo’s legal team, declared that ‘next week we should have a proclamation to finally start the transfer process to the new government’.

He dismissed efforts by Fujimori and right-wing individuals that support her to insist on the demand for an international audit of the June 6 ballot, an action rejected internally and externally for being based on unproven allegations of a supposed fraud by Peru Libre, the winning party.

In a press conference, right-wing lawyer Lourdes Flores insisted on the arguments already dismissed by the JNE and demanded that the JNE hold hearings for each one of the nearly 300 nullity petitions dismissed without this requirement because they refer to non-debatable procedures, something usual in electoral justice.

Flores also said that if the court proclaims Castillo, Fujimorism and its allies and ‘any citizen who wishes to do so’ will continue to challenge the ballot.

Other Fujimori supporters even asked that the JNE be declared incapable of making decisions, including proclaiming the winner, due to the supposed illegality of the replacement of one of the members of the court who deserted because he opposed the rulings of his three colleagues.

The deserter, Luis Arce Cordova, whose attitude left the JNE without a quorum, was removed this week from the position of supreme prosecutor and banned from leaving the country, due to an investigation for possible illicit enrichment.


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