Pedro Castillo wins presidential elections in Peru, Keiko Fujimori rejects the results

Tanya Wadhwa

Peoples Dispatch | June 10, 2021

Pedro Castillo of the left-wing Free Pery party won the second round of presidential elections held in Peru on June 6. Photo: José Cristobal / La Republica

Pedro Castillo of the left-wing Free Peru party has won the second round of presidential elections held in Peru on June 6. However, his rival, Keiko Fujimori of the far-right Popular Force party has refused to recognize the results. On June 9, Fujimori, at a press conference in Lima, announced that her party will request the National Jury of Elections (JNE) to annul the results from 802 polling stations nationwide, approximately 200,000 votes, due to alleged irregularities in the electoral process.

In the face of the attack and in defense of democracy, thousands of supporters of Castillo gathered at the Plaza San Martín in Lima to peacefully demand that the ONPE offer the final results of the elections as soon as possible. A candle march was also held outside the headquarters of the JNE.

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LDF’s handling of COVID-19 in Kerala helped it retain power

K A Shaji

Down To Earth | May 03, 2021

Pinarayi Vijayan casting his vote. Photo: @CMOKerala

 Pinarayi Vijayan casting his vote. Photo: @CMOKerala
The incumbent Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala retained power in the state largely due to the moves it took in the last year-and-a-half to tackle the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), observers said.

Kerala, which has India’s most robust public healthcare system, is now struggling to beat back the second wave of COVID-19. The state is now behind only Maharashtra in the total number of COVID-19 cases.

However, Keralites have been appreciative of the way the LDF government has handled the crisis so far. It was projected as a ‘global model’ in the early days of the pandemic. Today, it also has the lowest death rate due to COVID-19 in India.Read More »


Campaign for run-off election begins in Ecuador, threats to obstruct election remain

Peoples DispatcMarch 19, 2021

Progressive candidate Andrés Arauzbegan his electoral campaign in the El Beaterio sector, in the south of the capital city Quito, with the promise to protect the environment. Photo: Andrés Arauz/Twitter

The election campaign for the second round of presidential election in Ecuador began on March 16. In the run-off on April 11, Andrés Arauz of the progressive Union for Hope alliance (UNES) will face off Guillermo Lasso of the right-wing Creating Opportunities  party (CREO) and Social Christian Party (PSC).

According to the schedule set by the National Electoral Council (CNE), the candidates will have until April 8 to promote their plans and proposals for the new government. This Sunday, on March 21, they will take part in an official and mandatory debate organized by the CNE in the city of Guayaquil.Read More »


Andrés Arauz and The Progressive Bloc Are a Threat to Ecuador’s Right Wing

Peoples Dispatch | February 16, 2021

Confusion and misinformation are shrouding the recent elections in Ecuador. While progressive candidate Andrés Arauz clinched a clear first round victory, baseless allegations of fraud have been launched by the 2nd and 3rd place candidates Guillermo Lasso and Yaku Pérez who have also demanded that a partial recount take place in a meeting with the National Electoral Council. The next days will be decisive.

To understand what is behind the accusations of fraud, the dirty campaign being waged against progressive Arauz, and to hear more about what is stake in these elections we spoke to David Adler, the coordinator of Progressive International and the head of the organization’s electoral observation delegation that was on the ground in Ecuador for over a week.Read More »


Election in Ecuador Promises to Kick Washington Stooge out of Office

Patrice Greanville

The Ecuadorian comprador bourgeoisie may be breathing its last moments in office if the Election on Sunday 7 February confirms the victory of former president Correa protegé populist Andrés Arauz . If the victory is ample, as many people on the left expect, it may avoid a runoff during which the forces allied with the US, currently represented by the traitor Lenin Moreno, may try to claim voting fraud and other shenanigans to steal the election. It was precisely a ruse of this type, with the backing of a corrupt OAS,  that opened the door to the putschists in Bolivia about a year ago. The videos below show that the majority of Ecuadorians reject the Moreno regime and its “vendepatrias” policies, demanding a return to a national patriotic government willing and capable of restoring the nation’s sovereignty and helping the masses. The main feature in this post is The Grayzone’s Ben Norton‘s excellent coverage of the election and its historical backdrop. This is anti-imperialist journalism as it should be. In fact, the truth alone is all you need to indict imperialism. —PG

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Dirty Campaign Intensifies Against Progressive Candidate Andrés Arauz

Several members of the progressive Union for Hope (UNES) alliance, including its presidential candidate Andrés Arauz, former president Rafael Correa, among others, are denouncing that plans to suspend the February 7 general elections are underway in Ecuador

Tanya Wadhwa

Peoples Dispatch | February 04, 2021

Progressive candidate Andrés Arauz has received a series of attacks in the days leading up the the elections. Photo: Twitter Arauz

On February 2, former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa warned about a new attempt to suspend the upcoming general elections in the country. The former head of state indicated that the possibility of a clear and resounding first-round victory of the progressive Union for Hope (UNES) alliance ticket, with Andrés Arauz and Carlos Rabascall, worries the government and its allies. He stressed that they are “desperate” and are making every possible effort to disqualify the UNES presidential ticket and eliminate progressivism from the electoral race.

“New attempt to suspend the elections! They know that they will lose in the first round and they are desperate. Now they will attempt to do it through the Electoral Dispute Tribunal (TCE), a complaint received yesterday by judge Ángel Torres (the WORST!) Álvaro Noboa already announced this morning that the elections would be postponed for 2 months UNACCEPTABLE!,” denounced Correa in a tweet.Read More »


Venezuelan Elections: What Lies ahead?

Zoe PC

Photo: Zoe PC

The elections to the Venezuela’s National Assembly on Sunday, December 6 were a key moment for the besieged country. After five years of the legislative wing being used as a tool in attempts to overthrow the democratically elected government, the National Assembly has been reclaimed as a space for democracy and country-building. The new National Assembly will have a number of challenges as well, as Venezuela faces a major economic crisis due to the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States.Read More »


US Intervenes as Venezuela Prepares for High Stakes Election

Roger D. Harris

RESUMEN | November 25, 2020

Justice and Peace for the people of Chavez, Photo: Bill Hackwell

The US finally appointed an ambassador to Venezuela after a decade hiatus and in the runup to the Venezuelan National Assembly elections. The new ambassador, James Story, was confirmed by US Senate voice vote – Democrats supporting Trump’s nominee – on November 18.

Ambassador Story took his post in Bogotá, Colombia. No, this is not another example of Trump’s bungling by sending his man to the wrong capital. The US government does not recognize the democratically elected government in Caracas.Read More »