The former World Bank economist was not favored by leftist groups who’d like to see more protection for local agriculture and laws that would give indigenous groups more leverage over mining projects. But some leftists have said that faced with a two-way runoff between Kuczynski and Fujimori, they'll likely opt for the economist, who describes himself as a moderate centrist. Voting in Peru is mandatory.


“In Peru we have often had to vote for the lesser of two evils,” said Loreta Alba, a Mendoza supporter who attended an anti-Fujimori march before the first round of voting. “It’s a shame, but it says a lot about our political system.”

Manuel Rueda is a correspondent for Fusion, covering Mexico and South America. He travels from donkey festivals, to salsa clubs to steamy places with cartel activity.