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Kuczynski is president-elect of Peru, calls for unity


Pedro Pablo Kuczynski appears to have won a narrow majority in Peru’s presidential election.

With all the ballot papers now counted, the centrist economist seems to have beaten opponent Keiko Fujimori by over 41,000 votes.

In a much speculated speech delivered to his supporters after declaration of the preliminary results, Pedro Pablo Kuczynsk called for unity of Peruvian citizens.

“This virtual verdict, we take with a lot of modesty. Because Peru has large challenges ahead. And we want a united country that is conciliated, and ready for dialogue,” he said.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is #Peru's president-elect but we're still waiting! pic.twitter.com/phYTZq8pfa

— Dan Collyns (@yachay_dc) June 9, 2016

Some 173 votes are being contested and recounted, meaning the outcome is expected to remain the same.

But, for now, right-wing populist Fujimori refuses to concede.

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